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Versailles and the revolutionaries
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Author:  Elizabeth [ Wed Jan 31, 2007 2:59 am ]
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The revolutionaries seemed so intent on destroying the Royal family and any links to them, why did they not destroy actual buildings of Versailles?

Author:  Louis-Charles [ Wed Jan 31, 2007 4:21 pm ]
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Too far of Paris! :lol:

They were more occupied terrorizing the royal family in the Tuileries. :?

Author:  Vittoria Francesca Savoia [ Wed Jan 31, 2007 7:19 pm ]
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The did not destroy Versailles, but the destroyed many other beautiful palaces only because they were owned by members of aristocracy or royal mistresses.... :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll:
(I think that Versailles was a little too big to be destroyed quickly... and the revolutionaries loved to see the decadence of the royal palaces they raided... :? :? :? )

Author:  Byron [ Fri Feb 02, 2007 5:23 pm ]
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I suspect they planned to live there themselves!

Author:  Torin [ Sun Feb 04, 2007 10:21 pm ]
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Who knows...maybe they planned to destroy it in next years. It wasn't their main purpose at the beginning. At the beginning they were to kill all aristocrats. It was their main goal. :( Next step was building new authorities. But later...who knows...

On the other hand I don't think they wanted to destroy all French legacy. First of all they hated Ludvik XVI and Marie Antoinette, not all French kings.

Author:  Jules de Polignac [ Fri Feb 16, 2007 6:59 pm ]
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I've read that some Girondin revolutionaries wanted to sell Versailles... It was not a bad idea...But what happened to Versailles during Napoleon and during the Restauration?

Author:  Monsieur Royale [ Mon Feb 19, 2007 8:53 pm ]
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I think I read that Napolean gave the petit Trianon to one of his relatives....

Author:  Jules de Polignac [ Mon Feb 19, 2007 11:57 pm ]
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What happened to the Grand Trianon during Louis XVI's reign?

Author:  Merteuil [ Tue Feb 20, 2007 12:49 am ]
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Monsieur Royale wrote:
I think I read that Napolean gave the petit Trianon to one of his relatives....

Napoleon gave entire parts of Europe to his relatives ;) :lol: :lol: :lol:

Author:  Aurora [ Thu Feb 22, 2007 7:37 am ]
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That is true Mme Merteuil. And to his officers and loyals, like Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte, who got the kingdom of Sweden and started the present line of royal family. :?

Jules, I think Grand Trianon was not a favourite castle in the time of Louis XVI, so there was no big changes from the previous years.

Author:  Mothling [ Sun Feb 25, 2007 4:09 pm ]
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I suppose I can't really see the Palace itself as being of any real importance to the revolutionaries. What was important to them was tearing Marie-Antoinette and Louis down from the throne and wiping out the aristocrisy.

I suppose maybe too, that as much as they loathed the aristocrisy of the time, they may have still had respect for past Royalty and so left the palace intact.

Author:  Therese [ Sun Feb 25, 2007 6:22 pm ]
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The Grand Trianon was where Marie-Antoinette's baby Spohie died, so they did use it occasionally.

Versailles was used as apartments for many years after the revolution. Old soldiers and pensioners lived there. The Revolutionaries were practical enough to see it as valuable living space. Napoleon wanted to live there but he did not have the money to refurbish it.

Author:  Elizabeth [ Mon Feb 26, 2007 12:55 am ]
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Oh, interesting Therese, merci! :D Was there any looting?

Author:  Therese [ Mon Feb 26, 2007 1:05 am ]
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Oh, yes.

Author:  Jules de Polignac [ Wed Mar 07, 2007 5:06 pm ]
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Thank you for the information about the Grand Trianon! I realy didn't knew that Sophie died there..

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