... that remained in Patricia's files and never made their way into
her writings, or that she has recently happened upon...
All research is fortuitous, be it the archives and libraries, or be
it in one's own notes and files, where interesting little facts have the
annoying habit of going astray. I am so fond of some of these little
facts, these "factlets," that I am creating a page especially for them.
They will gradually come to populate this page, once the major
re-formatting is under control.
Note: in May 2011 I abandoned the derogatory term "factoid" in favor
of the late William Safire's "factlet," which he defined as a "little
bit of arcana." (Arcana denotes "mysterious or specialized
knowledge, language, or information accessible or possessed only by the
initiate — usually used in plural.")
NEW: An assertion by Saint-Simon that Mme de
Guise would go to Paris when the court went to Marly: Does the
available evidence corroborate this for 1684-1688?
A Factlet on grand deuil
Factlets re-published as separate pages
April 24, 1691: Marc-Antoine
Charpentier, "me de musique du Colege de Louis le Grand," signs a
notarial act involving the organ at the Jesuit school (formerly a "factlet"
dated February 1, 2008, but now a page in its own right)
Why was "Liselotte," the second wife of Philippe d'Orléans, shown
holding a piece of fruit (for example, in Landry's Almanach for 1682)?
Paolo Lorenzani and devotions at the Theatines (1685)
On the conduct of a devout
seigneur in a church
The Messe Rouge at the Parlement of Paris and the "Longues Offrandes" at the masses for St.
A letter of recommendation by
Marguerite de Lorraine, Duchess of Orléans, 1657
Pierre Perrin's wedding, 1653
Two factlets about services at the Jesuit church of Saint-Louis in
Pietro Guerrini's visits to the Hotel
de Guise in 1685
The Fioravantys, householders of
Mme de Guise
Why would Marc-Antoine Charpentier
have both an "ordinary" signature and a calligraphed one?
A Corpus Christi
procession at Versailles, June 5, 1681
A reposoir for the Fête-Dieu
at the Palais-Royal, 1648
"The Great Guise Music," a name I coined
for the Guise ensemble of the 1680s
W.H. McCabe, S.J., Introduction to
Descriptions of canonization festivities at a Jesuit establishment
"Les goûts réunis,"
not only in the music of the late 1720s but in painting and cooking as
The handwriting on cahier 1, fol.
1 recto of the Mélanges
music of 1672-1674
Battles over church benches