Monday, August 10, 2009

August 10: "Give Them Cake," said the Queen (Vol. 24, pp. 143-157)

On this day in 1792, the French royal family was imprisoned and they certainly earned their trip to the slammer. The title of today's reading is an allusion to Marie Antoinette's famous reply to the protests of starving Parisians complaining of bread shortages, "Well, then, let them eat cake."

We get the details today from Edmund Burke in his essay, "The Revolution in France."

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