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Life in 19th Century Paris
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    THE FRENCH REVOLUTION 1789-1792  THE FIRST REPUBLIC 1789-1792 (The Reign of Terror)  THE FIRST EMPIRE 1804-1814  In 1804, Napoleon Bonaparte declares himself Emperor of the French. THE RESTORATION 1814-1830 Louis XVIII (House of Bourbon) is installed as king. THE JULY REVOLUTION 1830 THE JULY MONARCHY  1830-1848 The crown goes to Louis Philippe (House of Orléans). THE […]

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    Excerpt from Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain, published in 1869 From sumptuous Versailles, with its palaces, its statues, its gardens and its fountains, we journeyed back to Paris and sought its antipodes – the Faubourg St. Antoine.  Little, narrow streets; dirty children blockading them; greasy, slovenly women capturing and spanking them; filthy dens on first […]

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  • 06/10/11--15:34: Mark Twain on Napoleon III
  • From Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain Text written in 1867 on the occasion of the Exposition Universelle   *** Presently there was a sound of distant music; in another minute a pillar of dust came moving slowly toward us; a moment more and then, with colors flying and a grand crash of military music, a gallant […]

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  • 06/18/11--23:22: Dinner with courtesans
  • From the Goncourt Journal Text written in 1857 *** June 7th Dinner at Asseline’s with Anna Deslions, Adèle Courtois, a certain Juliette, and her sister. Anna Deslions, Bianchi’s former mistress and the woman who ruined Lauriston: thick black hair, magnificently untidy; velvety eyes with a glance like a warm caress; a big nose but sharply […]

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    (From Paris Partout! A guide for the English and American Traveller in 1869 or How to see PARIS for 5 guineas)   Recent history 1789 Capture of the Bastille 1792 Republic proclaimed 1793 Execution of Louis XVI 1804  Napoleon Bonaparte proclaimed Emperor. At the outbreak of the Revolution in 1789, one third of Paris had been […]

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      The year is 1855. An enthusiastic crowd lining the boulevards greets Queen Victoria with her husband Prince Albert and the French imperial couple, Napoléon III and the Empress Eugénie, as their open carriages progress across Paris. It is the first visit of a British ruler since 1431 and it has been a tremendous success on […]

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    Photographic portraiture in the mid 19th century was a slow and expensive process until a clever man invented the carte de visite format. The inventor, André-Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri, juxtaposed multiple shots on the same negative, forming a mosaic comparable to that of the photo booth camera. The process, patented in 1854, reduced the cost of production […]

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  • 01/12/17--12:30: Eugenie, the Tragic Empress
  • Ever since she became an empress, Eugenie de Montijo feared Queen Marie-Antoinette’s fate. She was right to feel uneasy. Eighteen years into the reign and some eighty years after Marie-Antoinette’s head was severed under the guillotine, Eugénie ran in terror through the streets of Paris with a mob at her heels. The year was 1870 […]

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      When you take a guided tour in France—whether it is a Loire château, or any other building erected before 1789—inevitably, there comes the time when the guide says: “Unfortunately, during the Revolution…,” and there follows a list of damaged or destroyed artifacts. The French were fond of revolutions – when they were happening. Afterward, […]

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        It’s the Fourteenth of July today, the anniversary of the French Revolution and, traditionally, the day of flag-waving, of a military parade on the Champs Elysées, and of public celebration. Somewhere between the celebratory speeches and the all-night partying, La Marseillaise will be played and sung with hearty enthusiasm or at least with a […]

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