Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Off With Her Head - a Salute to Terri and Louis XVI

Today's post if brought to you by Celebrity Blogger Stand In Melissa of ThistleDew Farm.



I find it very coincidental that today is the anniversary of the execution by guillotine of Louis the XVI....especially since today is the day I discovered a dastardly deed was done on my blog. As you will note from the below exert from Wikipedia Louis and Terri are remarkably similar - I have highlighted some of the similarities....let's hope they don't end up the same....


In the immortal words of his lovely wife, Marie Antoinette - "Let Them Eat Cake". Actually the exact quote was "Let them eat the chocolate cake and leave me the white cake with white icing" - this is what got the people really riled up! Everyone knows that the white cake is the best - it is made from the most pure ingredients. It's the chocolate cake that gets the dirty stuff, second rate items or what dropped on the floor! You can't hide imperfection in white cake! Anyway, back to Louis, poor thing.


Louis XVI or Louis-Auguste de France (Versailles, 23 August 1754 – 21 January 1793 in Paris) ruled as King of France and Navarre from 1774 until 1791, and then as King of the French from 1791 to 1792. Suspended and arrested during the Insurrection of 10 August, he was tried by the National Convention, found guilty of treason, and executed by guillotine on 21 January 1793. He was the only king of France to be executed.

Although Louis was beloved at first, his indecisiveness and conservatism led some elements of the people of France to eventually hate him as a symbol of the perceived tyranny of the Ancien RĂ©gime. After the abolition of the monarchy in 1792, the new republican government gave him the surname Capet, a reference to the nickname of Hugh Capet, founder of the Capetian dynasty, which the revolutionaries wrongly interpreted as a family name. He was also informally nicknamed Louis le Dernier (Louis the Last), a derisive use of the traditional nicknaming of French kings. Today, historians and French nationals in general have a more nuanced view of Louis XVI, who is seen as an honest man with good intentions, but who was probably unfit for the herculean task of reforming the monarchy, and who was used as a scapegoat by the revolutionaries.


Be Afraid....Be Very Afraid.....

7 comments:

Mildred said...

There you go again having too much fun!

Julia said...

Thanks for the refreshing history lesson. I think I will be having blueberry bread...not cake.

Yarn Princess said...

Marie and I would NOT have gotten along. I would have wanted the white cake with the white icing as well.

There is a time a place for chocolate cake but...

Susie said...

Melissa you girls just kill me with your antics. How funny!

DayPhoto said...

A salute to you and this great post!

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

Daisy said...

Oh dear. It is hard to know who is who and which is where whenever I come over to the blogs of you two gals! HA HA HA! Those last few words sound like a threat to me! uh-oh! :D

Do you have any cake left? May I have a piece? ;-)

Love the red dress, by the way! HA HA!

Terri said...

Mildred, thanks for stopping by - yes, we do have fun! :)

Julia, I'm with you - Melissa can keep the cake!

Yarn Sovereign, I think the time and place for chocolate cake is EVERY SINGLE DAY!!!!! :)

Susie, yes, Melissa is hilarious. Which is why I must retaliate, this weekend! :)

Thank you, Linda - see above!

Daisy, we will send you some cake AND an alien spacecraft - just give us a few minutes to get the logistics sorted out!

Terri