Monday, April 30, 2012

Trivia Monday!

I do enjoy our Trivia Mondays, and I hope you do too. Last week I asked "What Enlightenment Monarch has been portrayed by both Danny Huston and Jeffrey Jones, though in very different ways; and apparently requested upon his death that his epitaph should read 'Here lies _, who failed in all he undertook.'?"

Cassidy correctly answered "I'm thinking Marie Antoinette's brother, Emperor Joseph II? I know Jeffrey Jones played him in Amadeus." Yes, Cassidy, Joseph II is correct. It's sad to think that the real Joseph died believing himself to be a failure, when today he is considered one of the monarchs who best embodied the Enlightenment ideal. It's a good lesson in not being too hard on yourself.

I have an extra hard trivia question for you all this week. Are you ready?

One of the Great Officers of the Crown of France died in 1782, leaving a vacancy for his position that was never filled. What was the office called? Extra credit for you if you can also name the decedent.


  1. Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Emmanuel-Armand de Vignerot du Plessis de Richelieu, duc d'Aiguillon? However, wikipedia says he was succeeded by someone, but it appears there are numerous kinds of Sec of state.

  2. I do see a relative of yours Countess, was a grand chamberlaine around this time. Godefroy de La Tour d'Auvergne but the decedents date does not match. I eagerly await the answer.

    1. Both good guesses, but the position of which I am thinking remained vacant. Cousin Godfrey's return to the role of Grand Chamberlain will happen in 1782, but his successor/predecessor will, somewhat unfortunately, still be alive.

  3. I wait with bated breath until Monday. I don't have time to look again as we leave for CA tomorrow morning.