Feb. 1st, 2012

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 How often I've told students that Marie Antoinette and her ladies would go and play milk-maid--actually dressing up like peasants (well peasants in cloth of gold) and miming peasant work. This was because milk-maids were notorious for their beauty. They had the clearest skin because they never got small pox. From their milking they all got cow pox.... and the then Jenner etc.

But I never actually say their play yard until now:


 


(Marie Antoinette's Cottage ont he Grounds of Versailles)

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