Monday, August 10, 2009

Bizarre Versailles 'adventure' of the Misses Moberly and Jourdain

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted

Charlotte Anne Elizabeth Moberly (1846 - 1937) was Principal of St Hugh's College, Oxford, 1886 - 1915, and wrote under the name Elizabeth Morison. Eleanor Frances Jourdain (d. 1924) was Principal of St Hugh's College, Oxford, 1915 - '24.

On this day in 1901, these two ladies visited the gardens of the Petit Trianon at Versailles, France. In their wanderings they saw a number of people dressed in late-18th century dress. They were also seen by the old-fashioned people in the Trianon, and twice the two ladies asked for and received directions within the gardens. It is not known whether they saw a group of contemporary people playing at dressing-up, or if in fact they shared a trance-vision of the 1770s. Their book, An Adventure, documented the strange sight, and recently a movie has been made of the mysterious affair ...

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