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The Ghosts of Versailles Part 2

Astonishing Legends

Scott Philbrook

History, Society & Culture

4.69.6K Ratings

🗓️ 28 January 2024

⏱️ 98 minutes

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In part 2 of our series on the Ghosts of Versailles, we’re looking into what transpired in the years following the initial incident. Charlotte Moberly and Eleanor Jourdain conducted intense research to figure out who or what they may have been interacting with on August 10th, 1901. That research led them, among many other things, to discover there was an insurrection on that exact day in 1792, 71 years earlier to the day. The Tuileries Place is not in Versailles but in Paris, 11 miles away. Revolutionaries with weapons wanted the Monarchy abolished. They waged an intense attack on the palace that Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were now living in on lockdown. On that day, 650 of the Swiss Guard were massacred by Jacobins and a group known as the Paris Commune. Once the Swiss Guard ran out of ammunition, they were slaughtered, and their bodies dismembered and paraded about the palace grounds. King Louis and Marie Antoinette had moved to a safer location in the Legislative Assembly Building. Moberly and Jourdain wondered if they might have somehow intersected with what no doubt would have been Marie Antoinette’s fearful and saddened state of mind that day. Is it possible she was reminiscing about happier times at her favorite place in the world, Le Petit Trianon? Could Moberly and Jourdain have somehow crossed paths with Antoinette's ghostly memories of happiness on the anniversary of the day that would mark the beginning of the end, not only for the King and herself but the Monarchy, too? We’ll discuss that and our theories about what may have happened and how the Ghosts of Versailles evolved into the story it is today.

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In our last episode we brought you the astonishing legend of the Ghosts of Versailles, in part one of our series on the Moberly-Jordain incident.


Like all legends, the initial event is only the story's beginning.


The women who experienced it decided not only to dive deeper into what may have happened


they researched the history of Versailles for a decade and published what would become a best-selling book about what they had witnessed.


Tonight we move past the event itself an attempt to unravel what may have happened to Charlotte and Moberly in Eleanor Jordane.


It's important to remember that they did not see and hear the exact same things during their experience.


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