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  • 00:31

    Marie-Antoinette and the Fersen Legend, Part II

    in History

    Welcome to Episode 2 of Tea at Trianon Radio, dedicated to discussing the life and times of Marie-Antoinette, Queen of France and Navarre. Your hostess is Elena Maria Vidal, the author of four historical novels, including TRIANON and MADAME ROYALE. In this our second broadcast we will again be talking about the truth behind the legend of Queen Marie-Antoinette's romance with the Swede Count Axel von Fersen. The legend has been featured in novels, films and even many works of non-fiction. But is there any historical evidence of an affair? Did the Queen really love Fersen? What were her feelings for her husband Louis XVI? Such questions and more will be explored  based upon scholarship, both old and new. We will not be taking calls today but do email Elena a question or a comment at emvidal@planetrussell.net. And what are the 3 rules? Be polite, be polite, be polite.
    Tea at Trianon Radio is brought to you by Mayapple Books in St. Michaels, Maryland, dedicated to publishing Modern Classics. Please visit Mayapple Books. Much of what we will be discussing today can be found on Elena's Tea at Trianon Blog and will also be included in her new non-fiction book on Marie-Antoinette entitled Marie-Antoinette, Daughter of the Caesars, to be published in September 2015 by Mayapple Books.

  • 00:30

    More About Louis and Antoinette's Relationship

    in History

    Welcome to Episode 4 of Tea at Trianon Radio, dedicated to discussing the life and times of Marie-Antoinette, Queen of France and Navarre, who lived from 1755-1793. I am Elena Maria Vidal, the author of four historical novels, including TRIANON and MADAME ROYALE, which are about Marie-Antoinette and her family. In this our third broadcast we will continue talking about Queen Marie-Antoinette's relationship with her husband Louis XVI. Was Louis really an ungracious dolt, incapable of being a true husband? Was he himself so completely unlovable as he has often been described? Did sexual frustration drive the Queen to spend money, which is the typical Freudian interpretation? Such questions and more will be explored, based upon scholarship, both old and new. We will not be taking calls today but do email me a question or a comment at emvidal@planetrussell.net.


    Tea at Trianon Radio is brought to you by Mayapple Books in St. Michaels, Maryland, dedicated to publishing Modern Classics. Visit Mayapple Books at www.mayapplebooks.net.


    Much of what we will be discussing today can be found on my Tea at Trianon Blog at http://teaattrianon.blogspot.com and will also be included in my new non-fiction book on Marie-Antoinette entitled Marie-Antoinette, Daughter of the Caesars, to be published in September 2015 by Mayapple Books.


     

  • 00:26

    Marie-Antoinette and the Fersen Legend, Part I

    in History

    Author and historian Elena Maria Vidal launches Tea at Trianon Radio with an in-depth discussion of the truth behind the legend of Queen Marie-Antoinette's romance with the Swedish Count Fersen. The legend has been featured in novels, films and even many biographies. But is there any historical evidence of an affair? Did the Queen really love Fersen? What were her feelings for her husband Louis XVI? Such questions and more will explored in a thirty minute segment based upon scholarship both old and new.

  • 00:29

    Marie-Antoinette and Art

    in History

    Welcome to Episode 12 of Tea at Trianon Radio, dedicated to discussing the life and times of Marie-Antoinette, Queen of France and Navarre. I am Elena Maria Vidal, the author of four historical novels, including TRIANON and MADAME ROYALE which are about Marie-Antoinette and her family. In this our twelfth broadcast, we will be discussing how Marie-Antoinette's portrayals in art influenced her image in the public mind. We will not be taking calls today but do email me a question or a comment at emvidal@planetrussell.net.


    Tea at Trianon Radio is brought to you by Mayapple Books in St. Michaels, Maryland, dedicated to publishing Modern Classics. Visit Mayapple Books at www.mayapplebooks.net. Much of what we will be discussing today can be found on my Tea at Trianon Blog at http://teaattrianon.blogspot.com and will also be included in my new non-fiction book on Marie-Antoinette entitled Marie-Antoinette, Daughter of the Caesars, to be published in the autumn of 2015 by Mayapple Books.

  • 00:24

    Marie-Antoinette's Journey of Faith

    in History

    Welcome to Episode 5 of Tea at Trianon Radio, dedicated to discussing the life and times of Marie-Antoinette, Queen of France and Navarre. I am Elena Maria Vidal, the author of four historical novels, including TRIANON and MADAME ROYALE which are about Marie-Antoinette and her family. In this our fifth broadcast we will be talking about the Catholic faith of Marie-Antoinette. In her last letter the Queen said that the Catholic religion was the one which she had always believed and practiced, but like many people she had a faith journey in which her relationship with God grew and matured. Although faith is a private matter there is much we can learn from and about Marie-Antoinette and how her faith strengthened her in difficult times. We will not be taking calls today but do email me a question or a comment at emvidal@planetrussell.net. And what are the 3 rules? Be polite, be polite, be polite.
    Tea at Trianon Radio is brought to you by Mayapple Books in St. Michaels, Maryland, dedicated to publishing Modern Classics. Visit Mayapple Books at www.mayapplebooks.net.
    Much of what we will be discussing today can be found on my Tea at Trianon Blog at http://teaattrianon.blogspot.com and will also be included in my new non-fiction book on Marie-Antoinette entitled Marie-Antoinette, Daughter of the Caesars, to be published in September 2015 by Mayapple Books.
     

  • 00:30

    Marie-Antoinette and Louis XVI: Did They Love Each Other?

    in History

    Welcome to Episode 3 of Tea at Trianon Radio, dedicated to discussing the life and times of Marie-Antoinette, Queen of France and Navarre. Your hostess is Elena Maria Vidal, the author of four historical novels, including TRIANON and MADAME ROYALE. In this our third broadcast we will again be talking about the truth behind Queen Marie-Antoinette's relationship with her husband Louis XVI. The two teenagers first met hours before their wedding, endured many trials and humiliations together, and grew into a devoted couple who could only be seperated by death. We will not be taking calls today but do email Elena a question or a comment at emvidal@planetrussell.net.
    Tea at Trianon Radio is brought to you by Mayapple Books in St. Michaels, Maryland, dedicated to publishing Modern Classics. Please visit Mayapple Books. Much of what we will be discussing today can be found on Elena's Tea at Trianon Blog and will also be included in her new non-fiction book on Marie-Antoinette entitled Marie-Antoinette, Daughter of the Caesars, to be published in September 2015 by Mayapple Books.

  • 01:50

    (SPECIAL) Dick Jurgens & His Orchestra Trubute with special guests

    in Music

    Dick Jurgens held residencies at the Casino Ballroom on Catalina Island, the Elitch Gardens in Denver, the Aragon Ballroom and the Trianon Ballroom in Chicago and other popular swing venues. He recorded for Vocalion Records in 1938 and for Okeh Records starting in 1940.


    His first side to reach Your Hit Parade was "It's a Hundred to One You're in Love with Me" in 1939; the following year, "In an Old Dutch Garden" proved to be a big hit. Dick Jurgens often found that Glenn Miller's versions of his hits performed better on the charts than his own, such as the song "Careless". Jurgens scored hits with "A Million Dreams Ago" and the instrumental "Elmer's Tune", which Miller would take a vocal version to number one. Later hits included "The Bells of San Raquel" and "Happy in Love" released on Columbia Records.


    His biggest hit was 1942's "One Dozen Roses", with Buddy Moreno on vocals; the song hit #1 in the summer of that year.


    Buddy Moreno is now celebrating his 100th birthday and is ALSO a part of this special!


    Later in 1942, Jurgens disbanded his group due in no small part to the 1942 recording ban from 1942 to 1945, directing theater shows for the troops.


    In 1946 he re-formed his band, recording for Columbia and Mercury into the 1950s.


    In chronological order, BOTH of these great bands will be covered along with Lisa Jurgens, daughter of the great Mr. Dick Jurgens.

  • 01:05

    Forward Boldly: Dr. John Zmirak & Elena Maria Vidal

    in Religion

    Dr. John Zmirak returns as a guest in the first segment of this episode, in which he gives a critique of the Holy Father's discussion of economics in Evangelii Gaudium. Afterwards, Elena Maria Vidal, author of Trianon and Madame Royale, will discuss the life of Marie-Antoinette as well as the rise of modern-day Catharism.


    Please join us at 10 pm ET Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.

  • 01:13

    Forward Boldly: Guest Elena Maria Vidal

    in Religion

    Elena Maria Vidal grew up in the countryside outside of Frederick, Maryland, "fair as the garden of the Lord" as the poet Whittier said. As a child she read so many books that her mother had to put restrictions on her hours of reading. During her teenage years, she spent much of her free time writing stories and short novels.
    Elena graduated in 1984 from Hood College in Frederick with a BA in Psychology, and in 1985 from the State University of New York at Albany with an MA in Modern European History. In 1986, she joined the Secular Order of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Elena taught at the Frederick Visitation Academy and worked as a private tutor as well as teaching children's etiquette classes. During a trip to Austria in 1995 she visited the tomb of Empress Maria Theresa in the Capuchin crypt in Vienna. Afterwards she decided to finish a novel about Marie-Antoinette she had started writing ten years before but had put aside. In 1997 her first historical novel TRIANON was published by St. Michael's Press. In 2000, the sequel MADAME ROYALE was published, as well as the second edition of TRIANON, by The Neumann Press. Both books found an international following which continues to this day.
    In November 2009, THE NIGHT'S DARK SHADE: A NOVEL OF THE CATHARS was published by Mayapple Books. Elena has written for Canticle Magazine, Touchstone Magazine, The American Conservative and The National Observer. She is a member of the Catholic Writers Guild and the Eastern Shore Writers Association. She currently lives in Maryland with her family and is working on a historical novel about her Irish ancestors.

  • 01:12

    Forward Boldly: Guest Elena Maria Vidal, Marie-Antoinette

    in History

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    Original air date: Oct. 20, 2012
    Elena Maria Vidal grew up in the countryside outside of Frederick, Maryland, "fair as the garden of the Lord" as the poet Whittier said. As a child she read so many books that her mother had to put restrictions on her hours of reading. During her teenage years, she spent much of her free time writing stories and short novels.
    During a trip to Austria in 1995 she visited the tomb of Empress Maria Theresa in the Capuchin crypt in Vienna. Afterwards she decided to finish a novel about Marie-Antoinette she had started writing ten years before but had put aside. In 1997 her first historical novel TRIANON was published by St. Michael's Press. In 2000, the sequel MADAME ROYALE was published, as well as the second edition of TRIANON, by The Neumann Press. Both books found an international following which continues to this day.
    In November 2009, THE NIGHT'S DARK SHADE: A NOVEL OF THE CATHARS was published by Mayapple Books. Elena has written for Canticle Magazine, Touchstone Magazine, The American Conservative and The National Observer.
     

  • 01:50

    Amazing Dick Jurgens Special with Special Guests & Music.

    in Music

    Dick Jurgens held residencies at the Casino Ballroom on Catalina Island, the Elitch Gardens in Denver, the Aragon Ballroom and the Trianon Ballroom in Chicago and other popular swing venues. He recorded for Vocalion Records in 1938 and for Okeh Records starting in 1940.
    His first side to reach Your Hit Parade was "It's a Hundred to One You're in Love with Me" in 1939; the following year, "In an Old Dutch Garden" proved to be a big hit. Dick Jurgens often found that Glenn Miller's versions of his hits performed better on the charts than his own, such as the song "Careless". Jurgens scored hits with "A Million Dreams Ago" and the instrumental "Elmer's Tune", which Miller would take a vocal version to number one. Later hits included "The Bells of San Raquel" and "Happy in Love" released on Columbia Records.
    His biggest hit was 1942's "One Dozen Roses", with Buddy Moreno on vocals; the song hit #1 in the summer of that year.
    Buddy Moreno is now celebrating his 100th birthday and is ALSO a part of this special!
    Later in 1942, Jurgens disbanded his group due in no small part to the 1942 recording ban from 1942 to 1945, directing theater shows for the troops.
    In 1946 he re-formed his band, recording for Columbia and Mercury into the 1950s.
    In chronological order, BOTH of these great bands will be covered along with Lisa Jurgens, daughter of the great Mr. Dick Jurgens.