Hey tumblr, I have a request. Could we please make a movie about Julie D’Aubigny?
I just got back from a research trip to Paris and various other places and while I was there I decided to try again to find the grave of La Florensac, La Maupin’s great love.
She died in 1705 and was buried in the Carmelite convent (presumably in the chapel) in Paris - some sources say it was the convent in Faubourg St Jacques, which was destroyed during the Revolution. I had realised there was some confusion over the address of the chapel and that it may have been rescued later.
Well, no revolution’s going to stop me, I thought, and off I strode, determined to be the one who would find poor Terese’s grave and maybe take her some flowers or at least give her memorial stone a little pat.
Hours later, trudging, hot, pathetic, I gave up. So much for my brilliant combination of intuition, on-the-ground research and impeccable 19th century sources.
Instead I lit a candle for her in St Roch, the church in which La Maupin once threatened to blow out the brains of the Duchesse Luxembourg. I lit a candle for La Maupin in Notre Dame, too, and asked Jeanne d’Arc to have a word with God on her behalf.
Bless them both.