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Sleeping Beauty’s Daughter – Émilie de Sainte-Amaranthe

Emilie de Sainte-Amaranthe. Sadly, not much is known about Émilie, who was reputed to be one of the most beautiful women in Paris in the early 1790s. She was born Charlotte-Rose-Émilie Davasse de Saint-Amarand on the 18th July 1775 in Paris and although her mother was married to Monsieur de Saint-Amarand (Sainte-Amaranthe was a flouncy affectation) at the time, it […]

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The tragic fate of Sleeping Beauty’s daughter, Émilie de Sainte-Amaranthe

Sadly, not much is known about Émilie, who was reputed to be one of the most beautiful women in Paris in the early 1790s. She was born Charlotte-Rose-Émilie Davasse de Saint-Amarand on the 18th July 1775 in Paris and although her mother was married to Monsieur de Saint-Amarand (Sainte-Amaranthe was a flouncy affectation) at the time, it is speculated that […]


The doomed Princesse Joséph de Monaco

Françoise-Thérèse de Choiseul-Stainville, Princesse Joséph de Monaco is one of my personal obsessions. She is one of those historical figures that I glean random odd facts about from different sources but who will never get her own book. I’m always left looking for more. I’ve been researching her life and times for several years now, ever since I was a […]


The Conciergerie, June 2010

The Conciergerie is a familiar, brooding site alongside the Seine in Paris. Its fat turrets give it the appearance of a fairytale palace, which is ironic considering its past as the most feared prison during the Terror where prisoners were transfered when they were about to be executed, thanks to the fact that the infamous Revolutionary Tribunal met in the […]


La Merveilleuse

Nothing could be more French than to allow current affairs to influence fashion (just look at the hairstyles concocted by Rose Bertin for Marie Antoinette and her coterie – battleships, babies being born and balloons taking off are just a few examples) and the outrageously dressed Merveilleuses are the finest example of this. Les Merveilleuses (‘The Marvellous Ones’) made their […]


Émilie de Sainte-Amaranthe

Not much is known about Émilie, who was reputed to be one of the most beautiful women in Paris at this time. She was born Charlotte-Rose-Émilie Davasse de Saint-Amarand on the 18th July 1775 in Paris and although her mother was married to Monsieur de Saint-Amarand (Sainte-Amaranthe was an affectation) at the time, it is speculated that he was not […]


Picpus Cemetery, Paris

In the second year of my degree course we were all packed off to Paris for a week to prepare and research our dissertations. I opted to write mine about representations of Marie Antoinette in Restoration art, which was handy as I already had dozens of books about Marie Antoinette. It also gave me an excuse to spend a week […]