Victor & Juliette

“To love another person is to see the face of God.”  Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Victor Hugo is considered one of the greatest and most beloved of French writers.  Les Misérables, and Notre-Dame de Paris, (The Hunchback of Notre-Dame) set forth universal themes that continue to stimulate and challenge. Victor Hugo had a great love – Juliette…

The Best of Friends

“But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.”   John Adams, 2nd President of the United States “I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.”  Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United…

The Last Letter

Several years ago I read Évelyne Lever’s, “Marie Antoinette: The Last Queen of France.”  Her writing style was compelling, transporting me back in time, enabling me to pass through the magnificent entrance of Versailles into the living quarters of the iconic Queen.  Under Évelyne Lever’s meticulous research and detail, Marie Antoinette came alive – it…

February 10th & 11th, 1840

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were married on February 10th, 1840, in the Chapel Royal. In the early morning, Prince Albert received a note folded in billet form from Queen Victoria. Dearest, -…How are you to-day, and have you slept well?  I have rested very well, and feel very comfortable to-day.  What weather! I believe,…

For A Woman Knows

“A letter is a soul, so faithful an echo of the speaking voice that to the sensitive it is among the richest treasures of love.”  Honoré de Balzac, Père Goriot Honoré de Balzac was born May 20, 1799, just six years after the deaths of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.  He was only in his 16th…

I’m a Fan

“If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.” Abigail Adams, The Letters of John and Abigail Adams   I have become a fan of Abigail Adams on Goodreads.  Abigail,…