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Author:  jimcheval [ Fri Feb 12, 2010 6:03 am ]
Post subject:  Toys of the Princes of France

This is in French, for anyone who might want to read about toys for the royal brats:

http://74.125.155.132/search?q=cache:2kn-fhKfm4EJ:academie.biu-montpellier.fr/academie_edition/fichiers_conf/Lamboley2004b.pdf+%22petit+dunkerque%22+epee&cd=18&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=firefox-a

It surveys the whole monarchy. Here's the bit about MA and family:

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C’est ainsi que, cédant aux pleurs de Madame Royale qui a vu chez un marchand une magnifique poupée dont le prix avait paru excessif aux sous-gouvernantes, Marie-Antoinette fait un jour le nécessaire pour l’achat de Madame la Comtesse Miranda
. On apprend aussi, que l’un des plus grand plaisir (du Dauphin) était de faire tirer des petits canons dans son jardin et commander le feu, sabre à la main . Au Temple, Louis Charles reçoit le 6 septembre 1792 un bilboquet, deux baguenaudiers, un beau damier et un solitaire provenant de la boutique du Singe Vert. Même après l’exécution de ses parents, dans sa prison du Temple, Louis XVII se voit offrir un petit billard et une imprimerie.

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It is thus that, yielding to the tears of Madame Royale who had seen at a shop a magnificent doll whose price seemed excessive to the under-governesses, Marie-Antointette one day did what was necessary for the purchase of Madame la Comtesse Miranda. We learn too that one of the great pleasures (of the Dauphin) was to have small cannon shot off in his garden and to command "fire!", saber in hand. At the Temple, Louis Charles receives on September 6, 1792 a bilboquet, two bladder-nut trees [the fruit could be popped as a toy], a nice checkerboard and a game of solitaire from the shop of the Green Monkey. Even after the execution of his parents, in his prison in the Temple, Louis XVII is given a small billiard game and a print shop.

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