Marie Antoinette saves a seat for an expecting mother who was visiting Versailles

May 12, 2011

A student from Tours and an expecting relative were visiting Versailles, which was open to all. Marveling, they had already gone through the palace and were now visiting the gardens, when the pregnant lady showed signs of exhaustion. The student looked around for a bench she could sit on, but they were all being used. All of a sudden though, he spotted a bench with only two ladies and space for a third. He ran to it quickly and sat down next to them, saving the spot for his relative.

When the student realized that one of the ladies was the Queen herself, Marie Antoinette, he stood up in dismay, apologizing, and trying to justify his intrusion.

Filled with goodness, the Queen set him at ease, saying: “Look here, go and bring her quickly! I’ll make sure no one takes her place.”

When the expecting mother was about to sit down, the Queen called over a servant and said: “Go to my bedroom, and bring a cushion for this lady,” and then explained her gesture, saying, “Many cares are required when in your condition. This marble bench is too cold for you to sit down on.”

After which, a long and friendly conversation sprung up between one mother and the mother-to-be.

photo by Rachel Ford James


G. Lenotre, Gens de la vieille France (Paris: Pérrin, 1919), p. 84. ( translation.)


Short Stories on Honor, Chivalry, and the World of Nobility—no. 74

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  • The egalitarian revolution peddles a lying "Black Legend" about Marie Antoinette. Of course, they had to blacken her character in order to destroy her myth. How does this true fact filled with affection and consideration fit into the egalitarian lies about this young Queen? It doesn't. So egalitarians simply box it up and dump it in cold storage, refusing to deal with it.

  • RaymondDrake

    "Let them eat cake." — This is the lie that comes to the minds of millions whenever you mention Queen Marie Antoinette.
    How interesting that Wikipedia has an article dedicated to debunking this revolutionary calumny against her good character. Here is the link

    And here is the article's fabulous opening statement (May 12, 2011):
    "Let them eat cake" is the traditional translation of the French phrase "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche", supposedly spoken by "a great princess" upon learning that the peasants had no bread. Since brioche was enriched, as opposed to normal bread, the quote supposedly would reflect the princess's obliviousness to the state of the people.
    While they are commonly attributed to Queen Marie Antoinette,[1] there is no record of these words ever having been uttered by her. They appear in Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Confessions, his autobiography (whose first 6 books were written in 1765, when Marie Antoinette was 9, and published in 1782).
    "There is no record of these words ever having been uttered by" Marie Antoinette. On what basis then, are these words attributed to her?
    Moreover, and very interesting, no one can trace the SOURCE earlier than Jean-Jacques Rousseau's "Confessions." ROUSSEAU? He was one of the main philosophers churning out the errors that informed the French Revolution! And while revolutionaries love him, they hate Marie Antoinette. Isn't it good to know who really came up with "Let them eat cake!"

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