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I just finished "Memoirs of the Court of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, Volume 7 Being the Historic Memoirs of Madam Campan, First Lady in Waiting to the Queen"
I found this book after seeing a movie “Farewell My Queen” based on the book by Chantal Thomas. In the movie Madame Campan is sort of a worrywort fussbudget, but basically ethical when it comes to the safety and dignity of the main character, a young Reader to the Queen. But in her own words, Mme Campan comes across as very humane and dutiful to the royal family, who treated her with respect and trust. It’s fascinating to read her first hand account of what the losers in this modern battle for democracy were feeling and doing for years, as the government and country changed around them. She describes how Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were both such products of the monarchical system, that they were shocked most not from the threat of assassination, which befalls plenty of kings and queens - not as much as the affrontery of lèse-majesté, of disrespect of their persons and nobility. Mme Campan does describe them as noble, and flawed, and not deserving of their ultimate fates. She tells of examples of brave and wise Frenchmen, and also of the most malicious and wickedly vindictive of people, and those like herself that had to navigate between them. Her writing style in translation is dated - as it should be frankly - to the late 18th century - but it is remarkably straight forward, even though there are some wandering sentences and passages.
Melitta americana, M, Side, North Carolina, Moore County_2014-01-02-17.21.56 ZS PMax
A cranberry specialist. This bee is one of the few bees that specializes on bogs and bog plants and is found in scattered locations from Southern New England along the coastal plane to the Gulf Coast. This specimen was collected by Heather Campbell in the sandhills of North Carolina. Photograph by Brooke Alexander.