Remembrances of Marie Antoinette
- A small mirror worth only a few cents. A cardboard box. Shoes
without mildew. Clean underwear. Scraps of ribbon. These things
became important to and appreciated by the last Queen of France
during her final days in the prison of the Conciergerie. Once used
to the luxury and splendor of Schoenbrunn and then Versailles, Marie
Antoinette wound up in a damp, dirty cell from which she was taken
What follows is a word for word duplication (nothing has been
eliminated) of the narrative of the Tribunal appointed servant,
Rosalie Lamorliere, who served Marie Antoinette in her final days.
It is taken from "The Last Days of Marie Antoinette" by G. Lenotre,
a fascinating accumulation of the remembrances of people who had
personal dealings with Antoinette in the weeks preceding her death.
Evident from the first page is the uncommon valor, dignity, strength
and majesty of this remarkable woman.
- In his last post, Versailles offers his own comment about the last
days of Marie Antoinette. At this stage of her life, Marie
Antoinette was no longer a queen, her husband had been executed, her
friends, children and family taken from her. For those last three
months of her life, Marie Antoinette passed her days in a single
prison cell under 24/7 surveillance. She was 37 years old, but had
already gone grey as she sat in her shabby prison attire awaiting her
Beyond the comments Versailles makes in his last post about this
period of the former queen's solitary prison confinement, Versailles
has also posted a portion of the original narrative of Marie
Antoinette's single servant at the time.
Versailles indicated to me by e-amail he had some difficulty with
format, so I have reformatted and reposted this item in files with
his same title.
For those who wish to read the original narrative about "reversal of
fortune" - Marie Antoinette's final 3 months of captivity, you can
read it here in "files":
NARRATIVE OF ROSALIE LAMORLIERE
Remembrances of Marie Antoinette By servant at Conceigerie, August
to October, 1793 - Link to "Files" -
This post responds to Versailles' last post
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> A small mirror worth only a few cents. A cardboard box. Shoes
> without mildew. Clean underwear. Scraps of ribbon. These things
> became important to and appreciated by the last Queen of France
> during her final days in the prison of the Conciergerie. Once used
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