For those in and out of France, happy Bastille Day! Today is the day the Bastille fell back in 1789. It was the beginning of a long and messy revolution that ended the monarchy in France (it came back for a while). The Bastille was stormed because of the dissatisfaction of the people with the monarchy; a portion of that unrest can be traced to the Affair of the Diamond Necklace, which damaged Marie-Antoinette’s reputation badly; so in some ways, the storming of the Bastille happened as a result of our favorite jewel heist.
I will try to write more about the Bastille in connection to our beloved hucksters, prostitutes, and monarchs this weekend. Until then, enjoy what’s left of Bastille Day!