The Petit Trianon

When her husband, Louis XVI, became king in 1774, he gave her a gift - the Petit Trianon. This beautiful mini palace on the grounds of Versailles would be her escape from court life - though escaping to it brought troubles of it's own.

Corsets and Panniers

You might think it's very strange to wear tight corsets and large hooped skirts every day. How could a woman get anything done if she couldn't bend at the waist or fit through a doorway? Well, in truth, may women did not.

Ladies and Gentlemen Scratching At The Door

At Versailles, something as basic as knocking on a door was a breach of etiquette. It was considered rude, especially when knocking on the door of the king. Instead, courtiers had to scratch on the door, which could then only be opened by an usher. In fact, many courtiers would grow out one of their fingernails just to scratch at doors!

Understanding the French Revolution

The French Revolution was a period of time in France between 1789 and 1799. This was the time when the people overthrew the monarchy and took control of the government. Why? Because the wealthy people - the monarchy and the nobles - had all the money and power and didn't share it with the poor.

Book Review: The Scandalous Sisterhood Of Prickwillow Place

By Julie Berry The seven young students of St. Etheldreda’s School for Girls are facing quite a displeasing dilemma. Their headmistress, Mrs Plackett, and her bothersome brother have inconveniently dropped dead at their Sunday dinner. The girls are horrified - now they shall have to be separated! It simply won't do. The Scandalous Sisterhood Of …