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Paris in the footsteps of Angélique
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Author:  Marquise Angelique [ 05 Dec 2014, 17:20 ]
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Paris in the footsteps of Angelique:

In this topic I do invite you for a little travel in time. let us move to the Paris of the 17th century in the footsteps of Angelica. :mrgreen: ;)

I start with the Nesle's Tower - Tour de Nesle, where Angelique lived together with Nikolas after execution of her husband Joffrey de Peyrac.

The Tour de Nesle or Nesle's Tower was a guard tower of the old city wall of Paris on the left (south) bank, constructed at the beginning of the 13th century by Philip II of France.
The tower was situated on the left bank of the Seine facing the old castle of the Louvre on the opposite, right bank.

A modern rendition of the Left Bank in the 14th century. The big tower in the foreground is the Tour de Nesles, famous for having been a place of debauchery involving the daughters-in-law of King Philip IV the Fair (it's only a legend though). The tower was demolished in 1665 and the French Academy is now standing there:


The ruined Tour de Nesle in the beginning of the 17th century, a few decades before its demolition. To the left you can see part of the Isle of the Cité, with the towers of Notre Dame in the background, and further to the left you can see part of the Right Bank:


The French Academy, with an engraving showing the location of the tower: ... stitut.jpg

Here, in this drawing from around 1650, you can see to the left the Tour de Nesle, and to the right the last remaining medieval tower of the Renaissance Louvre (these two towers were demolished a few years later):


Author:  Marquise Angelique [ 08 Sep 2015, 10:18 ]
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When, in later days, Angelique thought back to this period of her life, when she had fallen to the lowest depths and mingled with the worst scum, she would murmur, dreamily shaking her head:
“I was mad”
And that indeed, perhaps, what enabled her to live in that terrifying and pitiful world – madness, or rather a numbing of her sensibilities, the slumber of the beast defending itself against the harsh winter. (…) Her friends were wretches and criminals. Her home the ramparts, the corners of the riverbanks, the low taverns, and her entire world consisted of this feared and almost inaccessible sphere of the Court of Miracles.

On the picture we can see Pont Neuf & Tour de Nesle


Author:  Marquise Angelique [ 22 Mar 2016, 13:05 ]
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Tuileries Garden of Le Nôtre in the 17th century. Angelique walked often in those beautiful gardens with the old “Précieuse”, Mademoiselle de Philonide Parajonc:
Madamoisele de Parajonc knew everybody and was able to name each and every one of them for her friend. The later was her constant companion. She taught Angelique the right manner of strolling through the Tuileries miming the necessary gestures with great verve, which made insolent passers-by giggle. “In the Tuileries” she was apt to say you must saunter nonchalantly in the main avenue. You must chat all the time without saying anything in particular, so as to appear witty. You must laugh without cause, so as to appear merrily…………


Author:  Marquise Angelique [ 22 Mar 2016, 14:26 ]
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Catacombes de Paris - The Catacombs of Paris
Not only Joffrey de Peyrac had a entry to ancient underground
corridor in his palace Beautreilles in quarter Marais in Paris.
Paris is full of underground corridors.


Les catacombes de Paris - Promenade interdite ... 405&type=3


Author:  Marquise Angelique [ 28 May 2016, 21:54 ]
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Hôtel Dieu – The Oldest Hospital in Paris

Gardens of the hospital Hotel Dieu in Paris. The place where Angeliques younger son Cantor was born in the night as she thought Joffrey was burned at the stake.


Originally, the Hôtel Dieu was situated on the other side of the Paris next to the river Seine. During the Middle Ages it grew in an unplanned and rather chaotic way and by the 17th century it had spilled over the river occupying two bridges and a parcel of land on the Left Bank. ... -in-paris/

Author:  Marquise Angelique [ 15 Jan 2017, 23:38 ]
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St. Innocents' Cemetery

Holy Innocents' Cemetery - Angelique went there with the dwarf Barcarolle.

The Holy Innocents' Cemetery (French: Cimetière des Saints-Innocents or Cimetière des Innocents) is a defunct cemetery in Paris that was used from the Middle Ages until the late 18th century. It was the oldest and largest cemetery in Paris and had often been used for mass graves.[1] It was closed because of overuse in 1780, and in 1786 the remaining corpses were exhumed and transported to the unused subterranean quarries near Montparnasse known as the Catacombs.


Great article about St. Innocents' Cemetery, with paintings by Hoffbauer.


Author:  Marquise Angelique [ 06 Aug 2017, 11:14 ]
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Rue Beautreillis... here Joffrey, the count de Peyrac, build his Parisian city palace

The palace was situated in 4th arrondissement, in the heart of the quarter Marais, near Place de Vosges and as well Rue des Tournelles, where used to be celebrate salon of the courtesan, freethinker, patron of the arts and close friend of Angelique, Ninon de Lenclos. Interestingly, Fouquet, Joffrey’s archenemy, found his last retirement in a church which is only a few hundred meters away from the Rue Beautreillis.


Author:  Marquise Angelique [ 21 Sep 2017, 18:11 ]
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“Vallée de la Misère” (Valley of the Misery)

It was but a few steps from the rue de la Vallée de la Misère to the Châtelet From "The Brazen Cock" one could see the pointed roofs of the big tower of the fortress.
The rue de la Vallée de la Misère was just behind the Châtelet. It was but a few steps away. Never slowing her pace, she reached "The Brazen Cock," passed through the restaurant and walked into the kitchen.

From the book Angelique road to Versailles

Wiki: The name “Vallée de la Misère” (Valley of the Misery) was used to the seventeenth century.
Near to the modern days rue Saint-Denis.


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