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Court of Miracles in Paris
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Author:  Marquise Angelique [ 15 Jan 2019, 20:34 ]
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Court of Miracles in Paris

Cour des miracles ("court of miracles") was a French term which referred to slum districts of Paris where the unemployed migrants from rural areas resided.

The least fortunate of Paris would venture out onto city streets during the day wearing guises like physical disability or disease in hopes of evoking sympathy. But come nightfall, when the poor returned home to the slum and there was no more need to feign illness, they were miraculously “cured” of these ailments. The blind could see; the lame could leap. Hence one of the poorest and most notorious 17th century slum districts of Paris became known as the Cours des Miracles, or Court of Miracles.

Regularly the people of the Court of Miracles were thought to have organized a counter-society devoted to crime and thievery with its own hierarchy and institutions.

As crime and destitution worsened, Parisian authorities sought to reduce these areas. Gabriel Nicolas de la Reynie was tasked in 1667 with utilising the fledgling Prefecture of Police to curb the growth of crime in the areas.


Court of Miracles was cemented in history: It inspired the settings of two of Victor Hugo’s famous novels, Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.

Author:  Marquise Angelique [ 15 Jan 2019, 20:35 ]
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The podcast about Court of Miracles:

In the 17th Century no law abiding Parisian would venture into the dangerous and infamous neighbourhood full of thieves and criminals known as the 'Cours des Miracles' or courtyard of miracles as made famous by Victor Hugo in his hefty tome ‘Notre Dame de Paris.' This nickname came about because after begging all day the so called, sick, lame or crippled would return here, and each nigh, as if by miracle, they blind could suddenly see, the deaf hear and the lame regain the use of their limbs. Come with me then as we go looking for any remnants of this darkly colourful part of Paris' past. ... e-miracles


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