Excerpt from Last Days of Marie Antoinette: An Historical Sketch
I propose writing an account of those last seventy-six days of a life once so bright, now brought to the lowest depth of moral and physical suffering.
The Conciergerie is one of the most curious and interesting monuments of ancient Paris. A fortress in the days of Eude, Count of Paris, who here defied the Normans, it was enlarged by Robert the Pious, and from his time to that of Charles the Wise was the principal dwelling-place of the French kings. Later occupied by the Parliament, it became transformed into a State prison, although a portion of the building was still reserved for the use of the Parliament, the State Exchequer, and other judiciary bodies.
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Ronald Gower grew up in South St. Paul, Minnesota, and is a professor emeritus of Minnesota State University, Mankato, where he taught primarily American literature, including Canadian and South American courses. He has also been a soldier, ski instructor, musician, and freelance writer. His publications include literary criticism, essays and features, and more than one hundred poems. This is his first book of poetry.
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