John Hardman— The diary entry of the new king is succinct: 10 [May 1774]: Death of the King at two in the afternoon and departure for Choisy. This château was 9 kilometres to the south of Paris. Infection hung about Versailles and the royal family lost no time getting out.
Lindy Grant— Last night I went to see the new film Jackie, in which Natalie Portman gives a searing portrait of Jacqueline Kennedy in the immediate aftermath of her husband’s death. It made me think of the similarities and differences between Jackie Kennedy and Blanche of Castile, the queen of France who lived
“Why isn’t there a word to describe Queens residents?” was the question for FYI’s Michael Pollak of the New York Times. He, in turn, went right to the authority on Queens, Claudia Gryvatz Copquin, author of recently released The Neighborhoods of Queens. Here’s the full answer given by Pollak and