Thoughts On The Monarchy
Before we leave this unusual, and for some patriots, unhappy, July 14, I wanted to print a personal note from a reader. She sent me this message a long time ago but I neglected to post it. It began with comments about her concern for the fate of animals in an Islam-dominated society, and proceeded to thoughts on French history:
I am an American of French heritage on my mother’s side. I have always been fascinated by the cultural genius of 17th and 18th century France and I truly LOATHE Republican France. I wish I was fluent in that most beautiful of languages, French. I am sure in a past life I fought for the King. I hope there are French Royalists out there who also believe in constitutional monarchy, a Parliament and a Prime Minister. It is has worked for the British for centuries, why not La Belle France!
Their republic does not count minorities, Africans, Arabs and Asians are all instant Frenchmen! So, a family, who had members fighting for the King of France since the 1300’s is as French as an Algerian Family who just settled in Marseilles?? France will never be America. I would hope it never happens. France’s most glorious, culturally significant and militarily superior times were under her monarchs. Period. No Corsican general who butchered a generation of young Frenchmen or the five republics who slaughtered another generation of Frenchmen will ever compare to the monarchy. France’s fatal mistake was the Reign of Terror. If only all society at the time could have compromised and laid the foundation for constitutional monarchy and a real legislative Parlement de France. France murdered her king in 1793, an act of barbarism by an illegitimate cabal of savages who then proceeded to destroy a great nation. France has and will continue to pay a price for this high crime against humanity.The republics butchered so many Frenchmen that now France will become an Islamic Republic in its near future. Long live the memory of the Kingdom of France! Long Live the King!
I'm afraid we cannot restore the monarchy, but we can restore some of its material symbols, and the efforts of the Ministry of Culture are bearing fruit in Versailles where the splendidly restored Gallery of Mirrors has won high praise. I believe that, besides public monies, the Ministry benefits from large contributions from donors.
The supervisor of the restoration is Frédéric Didier. More photos at L'Internaute
The mural by Louis XIV's favorite painter Charles Le Brun (1619-1690) shows "The King, armed on land and on sea" (1672).
The restoration of gilded statues and sculptures required, as for the paintings, a removal of the older successive restorations that hid the original colors.