10.8.09

August 10, a day of infamy

Catherine Delors has placed this article in her blog (here)on the anniversary of a infamous day...

...The tocsin [church bells tolling in unison to warn of a disaster] sounded at midnight. The Swiss Guards were drawn up like walls; and in the midst of their soldierlike silence, which formed a striking contrast with the perpetual din of the National Guard. The King informed M. de J––-, an officer of the staff, of the plan of defense laid down by General Viomenil. M. de J––- said to me, after this private conference, “Put your jewels and money into your pockets; our dangers are unavoidable; the means of defense are nil; safety might be obtained by some degree of energy in the King, but that is the only virtue in which he is deficient.”

An hour after midnight the Queen and Madame Elisabeth said they would lie down on a sofa in a room in the entresol, the windows of which looked out on the courtyard of the Tuileries...
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Thanks to Catherine, and a tip of the beret, with a white cockade.

Verite.

Vive le Roy.
Brantigny

1 comment:

Catherine Delors said...

Thank you for the link, Richard, and for the cockade!