Could You Be a Salonnière? ~ Iva Polansky

Reblogged from Victorian Paris:


Giuseppe de Nittis: The Salon of Princess Mathilde, 1883

One of the largest differences between the Brits and the French was their attitude toward women. The British gentleman suffered women where he could not avoid them and avoided them where he could by seeking refuge in men-only clubs. The Frenchman, on the contrary, did not feel bright unless there were women around. He did seek them out during his leisure time and he was keen to converse in their company. The French were never afraid of clever women and they allowed them to rule as the salonnières.

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Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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2 Responses to Could You Be a Salonnière? ~ Iva Polansky

  1. Now here’s an interesting topic of contrast and compare. Hadn’t thought of this before. Thanks for the heads up for an interesting read.


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