By Juliet Grey
A beautiful novel of wealthy spectacle and royal scandal, Days of majesty, Days of Sorrow spans fifteen years within the fateful reign of Marie Antoinette, France’s such a lot mythical and infamous queen.
Paris, 1774. on the soft age of eighteen, Marie Antoinette ascends to the French throne along her husband, Louis XVI. yet at the back of the extravagance of the younger queen’s complex silk robes and dizzyingly excessive coiffures, she harbors deeper fears for her destiny and that of the Bourbon dynasty.
From the early becoming pains of marriage to the enjoyment of conceiving a baby, from her ardour for Swedish army attaché Axel von Fersen to the devastating Affair of the Diamond Necklace, Marie Antoinette attempts to upward push above the gossip and rivalries that encircle her. yet as revolution blossoms in the US, a far better hazard looms past the gilded gates of Versailles—one which can sweep away the French monarchy eternally.
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What is more, the antitax movement connected directly to national political movements. The winegrowing area stood out for its republicanism, especially the hinterlands of Dijon and Beaune. In fact we have already had a foretaste of the Burgundian flavor. The search of newspaper offices that incited the serenade and the charivari of September 1833 concerned the Patriate de la Cote d'Or. That newspaper was being prosecuted for promoting resistance to tax collection. Etienne Cabet, deputy of the vineyard region, took up the newspaper's defense.
T h e interest o f the local poor (and, to some extent, o f their patrons) in local priority over the food supply was g r o w i n g as the interest o f the crown and larger merchants in freeing that supply from the local group increased. T h e opportunities of the poor were mainly negative; they consisted o f official failures to intervene in the local market as local authorities were supposed to. T h e change in organization in this case is relatively unimportant, although there are some signs that groups such as Dijon's winegrowers were becoming more clearly aware of their distinctive and threatened class position.
This juxtaposition of the serenade and the charivari reveals another significant feature of these means of action: the existence of gradations of the performance, running from very negative to very positive. One could organize a friendly charivari: a serenade. Both types, unlike the demonstrations that proliferated later in the century, ordinarily took place at night and at the residence, not the workplace, of their targets. When the deputy-philosopher Etienne Cabet arrived in Dijon in November 1833, "many young people" immediately gave him a serenade.