Quotes from a Marie de Rohan letter about Cardinal Richelieu

‘I think I am destined to be the object of the folly of madmen. The Cardinal certainly proves it to me…’

‘…the Cardinal’s tyranny increases every moment. He storms and raves because I do not go to see him. Twice I have written to him compliments of which he is unworthy…’


Come Dance a Sarabande



In 17th century France, the sarabande was a popular but frowned upon dance. Fiery and fast, in 1583 it was banned in Spain on account of its obscenity.

Anne of Austria and Marie de Rohan managed to trick Cardinal Richelieu into dressing up and dancing a sarabande in the Queen’s private apartments.

The mind boggles!