This is a theme-based blog about the 18th century, with main focus on the swedish nobleman Axel von Fersen, the rumoured lover of queen Marie Antoinette. Side history and period-related art is also featured.
I have never known anyone whose character was more contradicted by outward appearances than the King … he is good and tender-hearted; you can never speak to him of disasters or accidents to people without seeing a look of compassion come over his face, yet his tone is brusque, his replies are often hard, his manner unfeeling and in taking decisions he is firm and courageous.
—Journal, Abbé de Véri
[translation: Vincent Cronin, Louis and Antoinette]