10.9.07

Let Them eat Cake


Maria-Elena has an article on her site concerning the the Reine-Martyr and the famous calumny of "Let them eat cake"

"Marie-Antoinette never said any such thing, as I hope readers of this blog have discovered. One theory about the origins of the legend of the phrase "Let them eat cake" is that it is the misunderstanding of a passage from the memoirs of the Comte de Provence (Louis XVIII), the brother of Louis XVI. Provence and his wife escaped from Paris to Coblenz by post-chaise in June, 1791. They stopped to eat and had meager provisions. Provence makes the allusion to a remark made by the queen of Louis XIV, Maria Theresa of Spain,"... More

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