Bon Anniversaire cher Marquis!

Happy Birthday to the Marquis de Lafayette!!!

How old is the great benefactor of the American Revolution?  He was born at Chateau Chavaniac in South Central France on 6 Septembre 1757.  This year he would have fretted his 259th!

Marquis de Lafayette's theme table setting
We are celebrating his natal day this week on our porch. I set the table with the beautiful plates I bought in France at the time of the Bicentennial of the French Revolution.  My friends Mary Conseur and David Beglan, both great followers of history, especially French and American history, brought me these gorgeous red, white and blue flowers to use as a centerpiece.

If you are so inclined, you might want to scroll down, way down, in my Blog list to find the explanation of how we decorated our master bed chamber at our home after Lafayette’s natal bedroom at Chavaniac. John and I visited Chavaniac at the time of a complete renovation of their 100 rooms. Do check us out.

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Come celebrate with us. Roll out the red carpet and remember how Lafayette helped America!

Huzzah!    Huzzah!     Huzzah!   Hooray for the red, white and blue and the bleu, blanc et rouge!

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Who knew ….

Who knew that King Louis sent aid to the American rebels in 1777 in the form of  freedom sympathizers, engineers and other military experts.  The Marquis de Lafayette was one, although his first voyage to the colonies was not with the King’s approval. Louis Duportail, an engineer, arrived in America in 1777 to serve in the Continental Army under General Washington. Duportail’s expertise was crucial to Washington in making the decision not to attack New York, but to march to Virginia instead.

 

King Louis XVI

King Louis XVI

Queen Marie Antoinette

Queen Marie Antoinette

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who knew that King Louis’s generosity in sending the hard currency needed by Rochambeau’s Army while in America contributed to the downfall of the King, his wife, Marie Antoinette, and their family who, for the most part were guillotined in 1793. King Louis and his ministers approved and shipped barrel upon barrel of silver livres to aid the U.S. Continentals during their eight year struggle against the British.