How Marie Antoinette Treated Wheat Farmers

July 15, 2021

Marie-Antoinette hunting Painting by Louis-Auguste Brun

It was told that one day during a chase, the animal being brought to bay took to the river; the hunters pressed forward to be in at the death, but in order to accomplish this it was necessary to traverse a field of wheat. The dauphiness ordered them to make a detour, preferring, she said, to miss the spectacle rather than occasion so much harm to the farmers, who were always ill indemnified for such losses.


The Life of Marie Antoinette, Volume 1 By Maxime de La Rocheterie. Chapter VII, Pg. 77.

Short Stories on Honor, Chivalry, and the World of Nobility—no. 786



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