So I’ll just skip the whole sorry I’m not blogging as much thing (and sorry I haven’t been replying to comments!) and get onto the books.
As a Canadian, I endlessly teeter back and forth between liking the British or the French best, actually I probably like British literature and French history most! French literature is often too pessimistic for me, I’ve found. But while I was reading The French Mistress by Susan Holloway Scott, I found I was much more enchanted by the descriptions of Louis XIV’s Versailles than Charles II’s England. It reminded me that last year I’d been quite intrigued by Marie Antoinette (I love the recent movie about her) and had started on various books about her. As I was wondering Louis XIV or Marie Antoinette? Versailles at what time? I remembered that Marie Antoinette’s oldest daughter Marie Therese (sometimes known as Madame Royale) was the only one who lived through the Revolution out of her whole family and I began to wonder what that would be like, growing up amid such beauty and later roaming Europe, probably forever mourning her family. And today I found a biography of her at the bookstore! Marie Therese: The Fate of Marie Antoinette’s Daughter by Susan Nagel.
And just in time for Paris in July too! I can’t say all that I’ll read for that, especially since announcing my reading plans seems to put me off them, but watching Audrey Hepburn talk about Paris last night in Sabrina, I know I’m definitely getting in the mood. Below is a picture of the Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, on the last day of my honeymoon and a rainy one at that. It was beautiful.