The Ladies Chronicle Blog

A blog dedicated to the fascinating and the mundane – the girls, ladies, and women who really lived.

Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette (1755-1793) was the wife of Louis XVI and the Queen of France between 1774 and 1792. Marie Antoinette’s fate has made her the best-known of her 15 brothers and sisters who included the …

Louis XIV

Louis XIV, known as the Sun King, ruled France for 72 years. This made him the longest reigning sovereign of any European country at the time. He ruled from 1638 to 1718. Early …

Louis XV

Louis XV was king of France from 1715 to 1774. He was nicknamed ‘the Well-Beloved’. Louis was born at Versailles on 15 February 1710. Because he had two older brothers (though only one …

Louis XVI

Louis XVI was born Aug. 23, 1754 in Versailles, France. He was the second eldest surviving son of his parents, Louis, Dauphin of France and Marie-Josèphe of Saxony. He was the last king of France before the French Revolution of …

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.

The Three Estates

Once upon a time in France the people were defined by their Estate – that is, what class they belonged to.

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