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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Happy Bastille Day


Bonne Fête de la Bastille to my French brethren.

Documentary evidence of important moments in history can often be a limp record of world-changing events.

On the dark day of the storming of the Bastille, King Louis XVI’s diary read simply, “Nothing today,” a curt reference to the morning’s hunting at Versailles.

2 comments:

  1. 'Bout time we had one of those in Washington, DC.

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  2. The sketch of the storming of the Bastille, commissioned by LaFayette and hanging now at Mt. Vernon has an interesting background. Seems it was found under a bed in a trailer park in Connecticut when bequeathed to the Masonic Charity Foundation of Connecticut, and the Shrine. It now resides at Mt. Vernon along with a key to the Bastille, both gifted to Washington by LaFayette.

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