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Madame Anne Louise Germaine de Stael

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Anne Louise Germaine de Stael 22 April 1766 – 14 July 1817 Of all the women Napoleon Bonaparte knew, he hated Madame de Stael the most. She was the most famous woman in Europe during the nineteenth century. She was born in Paris on 22 April 1766. Her parents named her Germaine Necker. Her father was Jacques Necker, a wealthy Genevese banker. Jacques Necker  She was raised in the lap of luxury. Her father was often called upon to manage the deteriorating treasury of King Louis XVI. During the final days of the French monarchy Necker tried desperately to influence the King to adopt English practices. Queen Marie-Antoinette disliked him and when the king dismissed him on 11 July 1789, it led to the storming of the infamous Bastille by revolutionists. Germaine’s mother was Suzanne Curchod. She was beautiful, cultivated and talented. Suzanne Curchod To further her husband's career, she held literary and political “salons” for her guests while in Paris. Germaine attended th

Jane Austen Quote

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Jane Austen On the marriage of Maria, a middle-aged flirt, with a Mr. Wake, whom gossips averred Jane would have scorned in her prime, Jane said: "Maria, good-humored and handsome and tall, For a husband was at her last stake; And having in vain danced at many a ball, Is now happy to jump at a Wake."

Love Letters - Pietro Bembo to Lucrezia Borgia

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Lucrezia Borgia was the daughter of the Spanish Cardinal, Rodrigo Borgia, who later became Pope Alexander VI. Much scandal regarding incest and murder surrounds her. She entered into a passionate affair with Pietro Bembo, (1470-1547), a respected poet and scholar who became a Cardinal in the Vatican who became enraptured by her. Born of an aristocratic Venetian family, Pietro Bembo wrote many adoring poems to Lucrezia, and they carried on a long correspondence that continued well after they parted. Theirs was an affair of great affection and respect. Venice October 18, 1503 Eight days have passed since I parted from f.f., and already it is as though I had been eight years away from her, although I can avow that not one hour has passed without her memory which has become such a close companion to my thoughts that now more than ever is it the food and sustenance of my soul; and if it should endure like this a few days more, as seems it must, I truly believe it will in e

A Victorian Lady Quote

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At a Chicago dinner-party a physician received a menu card with an imprint of a mushroom.  He showed it to the lady next to him and said, "I hope nothing invidious is intended." The lady responded, "Oh, no, it only alludes to the fact that you spring up in the night."

Castello Miramare in Trieste

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Living in Western Canada all my life didn't provide much opportunity to see a real castle first hand.  It wasn't until I was sixteen, when my father took me to Italy to visit his aunt in Trieste that I got my chance.  My father's cousin, Romano, a police officer in Trieste, took the day off and took us to Castello Miramare.  I fell instantly in love with it and have never forgotten how mesmerized I was with it's enchanting beauty and the tragic love story between Maximillian and his Queen Charlotte of Belgium.   Ferdinand Maximilian (1832-1867), of the House of Habsburg - younger brother of Franz Joseph, Emperor of Austria - built the beautiful castle wich sits on the Gulf of Trieste. Maximilian originally came to Trieste in 1850 when he was eighteen years old with his brother Charles. According to legend, he was forced to take shelter in the harbour of Grignano when caught in a sudden storm. It was then that he chose that bare rocky spur of limestone origin as

Louisa May Alcott Quote

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"If steamers are named the Asia, the Russia, and the Scotia, why not call one the Nausea?" Louisa May Alcott

Sara Jane Lippincott Quote

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            Sara Jane Lippicott (alias Grace Greenwood) at a tea-drinking at the Woman's Club in Boston, was begged to tell one more story, but excused herself in this way:   "No, I cannot get more than one story high on a cup of tea!"