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Pamphlets were horrible. Mostly pornographic they had ruined Marie Antoinette’s reputation completely. Despite they were illegal they had became very popular and well spreaded, as tabloids are today. I don’t know who had created them but pamphlets came to France even from abroad. Their role in the French revolution was undeniable.
I am interested in what we can find about the 18th century society from their content. I think they may be important as the criticism of their time (we can’t see only the image of the queen on them but the cruelty of revolution also).

I am very interested in your observations.
I don’t know French (I’ll start learning it from September) so I don’t understand the dialogues on this material. I hope you can help me.

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Mon May 26, 2008 2:11 pm
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Pamphlets was ok as far- there was so many illiterated people- but pamphlets with pictures... ehh... they were really cruel!

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Tue May 27, 2008 6:32 pm
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Thank you for answering. :)

Power of the propaganda is so huge and we saw one of its worst weapons. It’s disgusting how people had enjoyed that much in such a vicious material. Marie A. should have paid more attention on it and the possible harm on her reputation.

I find one image particularly interesting. I’ve found it in a gallery among the pamphlets. It shows revolutionary…How scary but almost every war is like this (was and I’m afraid will be, as long as there is hate among the people). :cry:


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Tue May 27, 2008 8:20 pm
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Ahhh it's disgusting! At first glance I do not realized what are they doing:-)

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Wed May 28, 2008 12:52 pm
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Yes but that's an English satiric pamphlet, sending up the French, whom they saw as "revolting"! :lol:

The pamphlets, at least some of those I have read, are really quite well written I find, if you can distance yourself from the subject matter somewhat. The language is really very colourful...I have to admit laughing once or twice! Sorry!! I'll try and quote a few extracts here...I found them in Chantal Thomas' book "la Reine scélérate". And on Monday I had the luck to contemplate in my hands one or two of the precious original naughty pamphlets against the Queen from the 1780's, including the Royal Dildo (Godmiché Royale)!!!

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Wed May 28, 2008 3:06 pm
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Thank you Baron! :)

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Now we're engaged, you can be less formal.... :wink:

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Sorry my love…

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Ooh la steady on there, I'll be leaping on the first flight to wherever it is you live!! :lol:

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Back to serious things otherwise I'll ruin my reputation here :D

Chantal Thomas, the author of "la Reine scélérate" or the scoundrel Queen, was signing copies of her latest book at the exhibition last night! Yes I went for the fifth time... :oops: I love that place, to be surrounded by the Queen on all sides, with her music playing. It's a love affair, and got so close close to the bust by Lemoyne that I nearly kis....

Soon I will have my portrait by Vestier of the Queen in her redingote in front of the Temple of love, duly framed à la 18th century in a gilded frame.

I digress...I recommend this book, a very good analysis of the rôle played by the early press in ruining the reputation of the sovereign. At the end of one of the pamphlets, there is an interesting description, I think by Hébert, of the last moments of the Queen. He talks about the proud "bitch" having a black ribbon around her bonnet, and that when the plank was tipped over, two medaillons fell out from her cleavage, one of her husband, the other of Lafayette :lol: Ridiculous! Imagine the Queen sporting a miniature of Lafayette! The blondinet as she called him!

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Ooh la steady on there, I'll be leaping on the first flight to wherever it is you live!! :lol:


That would be something to expect from a real cavalier in the 18th century style. :wink:

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