Page 128. " the carrion stench of the Cimetières des Innocents "

Le Cimetière des Innocents was a Parisian cemetery used as a mass grave between the 12th and 18th centuries. It was named after the Biblical story of the Massacre of the Innocents.

Eventually it became overcrowded and the bodies were exhumed and moved to the unused subterranean spaces under Montparnasse known as the Catacombs.

Page 133. " Pont-Royal "
Pont Royal, toward Left Bank
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikePont Royal, toward Left Bank - Credit: Lazulilasher

The Pont-Royal is the third oldest bridge in Paris.


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Page 137. " Meanwhile a war raged in the world outside "
Death of General Wolfe, Seven Years' War
Public DomainDeath of General Wolfe, Seven Years' War

This was the Seven Years' War, which lasted from 1756 until 1763, when the treaties of Hubertsburg and Paris were signed. It has been called the first true 'world war', as the fighting extended to North America and Asia, and resulted in some 1,400,000 deaths.

Page 144. " court of Versailles "
Versailles 1772
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 Versailles is a vast, ornate royal chateau. Expansion of the royal hunting lodge there began in 1661 at the behest of Louis XIV when Versailles was a country village; it is now an outer suburb of Paris. It was the centre of political power in France between 1682 and 1789, the eve of the Revolution.


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Page 145. " Montpellier "

Montpellier is a southern French town, made capital of the Bas Languedoc region by Louis XIV. After the Revolution, it was demoted to captital of the much smaller Hérault department.


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Page 146. " Freemasons' Lodge "

A Masonic Lodge is a meeting place for Freemasons, members of a fraternal organisation with shady origins in the 16th century. Worldwide membership is currently estimated to stand at five million. All Freemasons are meant to share certain moral and metaphysical beliefs.