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Where did the expression ''Let them eat cake'' originate?

Sunday, August 12, 2012


Marie Antoinette is reported to have said 'Qu'ils mangent de la brioche'.

When French bakers ran out of bread, they were obliged to sell brioche to the needy at the same price as bread. So that when Marie Antoinette was allegedly told that the peasants had no bread, she merely indicated that they should be able to eat brioche... translated as 'cake'. This would indicate she failed to understand (or had not been told) that there was no flour for making that either. The phrase, meaning 'Let them eat cake', has been misinterpreted over the years, giving the impression that Marie-Antoinette was cruel and uncaring for the common people.

Although it is traditionally attributed to Queen Marie Antoinette of France from 1789, it is now doubted that she actually said it, as it is also attributed to the earlier Queen, Marie-Thérèse - about 100 years earlier in a different crisis. And it appears that what she actually said was "let them eat pastry". In 1766, Jean-Jacques Rousseau wrote that he was quoting the famous saying of "a great princess", which was incorrectly attributed to Marie Antoinette. She couldn't have made the statement because, in 1766, she was only 11 years old.

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ALICERIEGER 8/16/2012 10:24AM

    Very interesting

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ROSALIEESTHER 8/13/2012 12:04PM

    Most interesting! I'm with GrannyQuinn. Do want to add though that it is horrible to think of people starving in Paris or Vienna or wherever they were. And for that matter, the starvation in this country and around the world is very very sad and terrifying.

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CJSARGENT1 8/13/2012 11:50AM

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 8/13/2012 7:41AM

    Thanks for the infomation.


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COACHPENNY 8/12/2012 8:36PM

    Very interesting......It's kind of like when someone says something can be misinterpreted so easily.

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ZZYYGGY3 8/12/2012 8:25PM

    love trivia

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AQUAGIRL08 8/12/2012 7:35PM

    Interesting! I love little pieces of trivia. Thanks for sharing!

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GRANNYQUINN 8/12/2012 6:47PM

    That was very interesting , I have always thought Marie Antoinette got a bad rap. I am also glad that we do not live in those times. Think of the pressure that those women were under. Hugs Karen

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