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The Ghosts of Trianon

3.58  ·  Rating Details  ·  62 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
This is the true story of two Englishwomen getting caught up in one of the most fascinating and inexplicable "time travel" experiences ever recorded. After travelling down to the grand French palaces of Versailles, they proceed to take a walk along the various pathways and gardens outside, only to lose their way and on top of that, get lost in a time warp, literally. It ta ...more
Paperback, 126 pages
Published November 3rd 2008 by Createspace (first published 1910)
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Jul 22, 2015 Elisabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was quite a fascinating read. The authors present their experience in minute detail and explain the research they painstakingly carried out over a decade in their attempt to get to the bottom of what happened. As the book progresses, the reader comes to appreciate how from their point of view, what they experienced is truly inexplicable. I liked how their quest for answers led them to dig for and uncover more and more historical information that slowly painted a picture of Marie Antoinette' ...more
Feb 08, 2013 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
This was hard going as the copy was a free and rather messy digital edition, and the page numbers, captions, notes, etc were mixed in with the text. However, the case of the Versailles time slip is fascinating, particularly because in both attempts to debunk Moberly and Jourdain's story, the women's queerness, or that of the group of cosplayers they were speculated to have happened upon, is put down as the overriding justification for skepticism. Their own claims to truth are also littered with ...more
Sarah Clark
Apr 23, 2010 Sarah Clark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very interesting "true" account of two women who visited Versaille and had a supernatural encounter with who they believe was Marie Antoinette and her court. It was difficult to read unless you know French, but the parts I could understand were terribly exciting and fascinating. I read it a year ago, and I may want to go back again because it was so intriguing. While there has been speculation as to the validity of the encounter, the amount of detail they provided in their accounts of ...more
Intriguing though slight. Read rather more like a PI's logbook than an actual volume. And the incidents did seem pretty trivial, and inchoate--but then I suppose that's part of the versimilitude. I mean, who'd bother to make something like that up? ("And then D'Artagnan rushed at me with a swirl of his cape....Louis XVI ran out of the bathhouse naked, screaming that they would never have his head"). Eerie thing about the electrical storm all throughout Europe that day--makes me think of those sc ...more
Sally Tarbox
Nov 19, 2015 Sally Tarbox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Make of it what you will!,, 20 November 2015

This review is from: The Ghosts of Trianon: The Complete "An Adventure" (Paperback)
I had heard of this story many years ago, so was interested to read it for myself.
It's the account of two academic and respected English ladies, who, in 1901, visited Versailles. As they made their way to the Trianon, a series of peculiar things happened to them: people in the clothing of Marie Antoinette's era; buildings where none are now standing (but where, according
Tony Walker
Jun 13, 2015 Tony Walker rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Timeslips have been an interest of mine for many years. I first became interested in them when I was teaching night classes on ghosts, ghost stories and ghost hunting. My interest also extended to folklore and mythology. The Adventure is of course the classic text. The question is - do I believe Moberly and Jourdain? Though I can't explain it, I do believe they sincerely had a very strange experience that looks very much like time travel. However, I also accept that there are problems in accepti ...more
Mar 27, 2016 Juan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book in the shelves of an 18th century castle in Ireland: the volume was a well preserved second edition from 1913, so while I read through it over the weekend, sitting in the old library of the castle contemporary to the time when the characters jump into, it really felt like I was inside the adventure myself. I agree on the comments from other people here: not a novel, could be arduous, but very enjoyable.
Aug 22, 2014 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really really wanted to read this for a long time. My mom initially told me this story a few summers ago and told me of a film i was really eager to watch it. However i never managed to get around to it. Then this summer she mentioned it again and i decided to order the book. I ordered this copy because at the end it gave other instances where there has been time-slips at petit trianon and other places.

The story is retold a few times from each lady's perspective and also a cool chapter when it
Nov 26, 2015 Simon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a fascinating read, more for what happened to the women than for their descriptions of the event. But if there is a credible explanation for the "visitation", I have yet to discover it.
Jan 07, 2015 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-buy
Well, I have now finished this book. I must say it is quite a remarkable and interesting read but the digital version I had to read was absolutely terrible. It got much worse after the first 20 pages: all the footnotes are suddenly all over the place, different chunks of different text pieces are on the same page and quotes are hard to read.

Anyhow; I would not recommend it for a 'normal read'. You must take note that this is not written as a fiction book, but as an academic book work.

For now, t
Lola M.
Demasiado repetición de los detalles de la investigación. Acabas conociendo mejor el paseo por los jardines que por el parque de tu barrio. Por lo demás está muy bien: una investigación muy seria, detallada y minuciosa, aunque al final,no queda claro si ni siquiera las protagonistas se creen lo que les pasó o quieren explicarlo
Jul 11, 2011 Lady rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, royals
Only giving it four stars because of so much French included without any translation. These ladies were clearly writing for an English-speaking audience, ergo a translation of all that gorgeous French should have been included. (How I wish I spoke French.)

Other than that, a fascinating and eerie tale of Le Petit Trianon.
Laura Jelenkovich
May 11, 2015 Laura Jelenkovich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un libro davvero immancabile sugli scaffali degli appassionati di storia della rivoluzione francese e Maria Antonietta. Oltre ad essere ben narrato, con fatti curiosi ed accattivanti, va sottolineata la grande ricerca storica e i preziosi riferimenti bibliografici. Vive la reine
Lyndi Hardman
Neat book about a time slip and the research done to prove it. Now people post this type of stuff on however in the early 1900's when this event occurred the only way to get your experience out to a mass audience was to write a book.
Raquel Lozano
Un libro interesante de leer... pero más como rareza que como novela (porque no es una novela). Eso si, es preciosisisimo.
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