my mum asks me to show her this almost every day
Schuyler Hamilton, who was the son of John Church Hamilton (and grandson of Alexander Hamilton)
Marat, Danton and Robespierre in Abel Gance’s Napoleon (1927)
The Flight into Egypt. Leon Francis Comerre. French 1850-1916. oil/canvas.
Saint-Just and Robespierre discuss the necessity of Danton’s death, and Robespierre’s desire to save Camille. Also, Robespierre looks Saint-Just up and down, slowly and systematically, head to toe.
Oh my gosh
Saint-Just calling Camille a ‘cocotte’
HOLY SHIT WHAT ROBESPIERRE SAYS TO SAINT-JUST AT THE END HAHAHA WHILE LOOKING HIM UP AND DOWN!?!?
Okay— this is legitimately why I see some of the homoeroticism in Danton (the 1983 film) as inspired by ‘The Danton Case’ (Przybyszewska’s) because it’s actually there! There are some variations and departures (in Danton 'the homo' is more oh eerie-creepy-ineffective-leader-homo, whereas that isn't the case (lol) in 'The Danton Case', etc) of course, but f'real it's so there.
Anyway reading this again made my day.
"Flouted as a father and as a statesman, he [Frederick William] treated his son (Frederick the Great] so ill as to lend colour to the suspicion that he wished him dead. Not content with impounding his books, forbidding him the flute, compelling him to see his mother by stealth, the tyrant actually rained blows on him in public, even in the camp of the Saxon King. "Had I been so treated by my father," he is said to have exclaimed, "I would have blown by brains out, but this fellow has no honour."
Unfortunately for Frederick William, the youth whom he thus outraged was Crown Prince of Prussia, and as such by no means lacked friends. To England, to Austria, and to his father’s ministers he was an important pawn in the game of politics. Some of the younger officers lent him countenance in the hope of favours to come. but the dearest friend of his life, Lieutenant von Katte, loved him to what he might be able to bestow. To Katte the prince confided his fixed purpose to flee from a tyranny that was past endurance.
— W.F. Reddaway, Frederick the Great and the Rise of Prussia (1904)
(images: Frederick the Great on the left, Lieutenant von Katte on the right, and on the bottom is an illustration of the two of them strolling together)