Some thoughts about the Terror…

Here's some jolly pictures pertaining to the execution of aristocrats during the French revolution. That is a of the guillotine used circa 1793, I shouldn't imagine the original was painted red, though I haven't been able to find out... I'm just breaking off here to make a few comments about the historical background to this … Continue reading Some thoughts about the Terror…

News from Citizen Gilles…

Georges' piratical lieutenant isn't able to make any money by letting Gilles Longlegs know where the blonde Englishwoman has gone. She seems to have vanished completely. A couple of weeks later, Georges is in his room behind the workshop which serves as a necessary cover for his activities, entertaining two women once again (perhaps this … Continue reading News from Citizen Gilles…

Southern Georges Revels in Excess ..

Meanwhile, Georges, Emile's companion in roguishness and one time servant, is disporting himself - as usual in his time off from his warlord existence - in female company when he hears the news about Monsieur Gilles' romantic misadventures from one of his lieutenants. He's eating onion soup, and a very voluptuous woman with Titian colouring … Continue reading Southern Georges Revels in Excess ..

It Would be Writing a Spoiler to Say How Sophie comes to be in Revolutionary Paris…

It would be a spoiler to say how Sophie comes to turn up in Revolutionary Paris in May 1794 (when by all accounts she should be in her older brother John's house in Chester, before being despatched to Plas Uchaf, North Wales) , but anyway, Emile as Monsieur GillesĀ  meets her and is touched. Very … Continue reading It Would be Writing a Spoiler to Say How Sophie comes to be in Revolutionary Paris…

Sophie’s options are rather different than Emile’s…

Emile, the eponymous scoundrel of the title and the nephew of the Dowager Countess for whom Sophie de Courcy is companion, would normally have an enormous number of options compared to Sophie herself about his 'life choices'; as a eighteenth century aristocrat, he might have to marry for position, but that would not exactly fetter … Continue reading Sophie’s options are rather different than Emile’s…