Grave Matters

Here are a couple of more pictures from my trip to Pere Lachaise Cemetery this April. Good medievalist that I am, I took a picture of Abelard and Heloise’s tomb, but unfortunately, it was surrounded by scaffolding. (You can see a better picture here.)

I’m afraid I didn’t catch the name of this gentleman, but he certainly looks like a morning person:

And here is the grave of Victor Noir, a French journalist who was shot by Pierre Bonaparte while trying to arrange the terms of a duel. (Some guys will do anything to avoid sitting in front of a blank sheet of paper.) Yes, a certain area is rather prominent, and it’s been made more so by women who rub it for fertility.

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11 Responses to Grave Matters

  1. Meghan says:

    I love this post! Must admit that I got excited at the sight of Abelard and Heloise's tomb. I'm jealous!

    The realistic effigies like the guy sitting up always creep me out a little. They look too much like they're going to start talking to me.

  2. Lady D. says:

    It wasn't me what did the rubbing – honest guv!

  3. Susan Higginbotham says:

    Meghan, thanks! My husband and I had one of our first dates in a cemetery, so naturally this was very high on our tourist list.

    Lady D, methinks you protest too much . . .

  4. Arleigh says:

    Oh my, you never fail to make me laugh! Should I change the name of your blog in my links? I still have the 'Reading, Raving and Ranting…"

  5. Ms. Lucy says:

    You and your forever funny and interesting posts!
    You're so lucky to have seen A & H's tomb..I wrote about this couple once in my blog- their story is so interesting. Thanks:)

  6. Susan Higginbotham says:

    Thanks, Arleigh and Ms. Lucy! Arleigh, changing the name would be great when you get a chance. I got a wild hair one day and decided I couldn't take the old blog name any longer.

    Ms. Lucy, it was a pleasant surprise to find A&H there. I don't know more than the basic facts about them, and I hadn't realized their tomb was where it was.

  7. Christy K Robinson says:

    Victor probably gets more action dead than alive.

  8. Aarti says:

    Susan, I feel very out of the loop as I didn't know you had a new book coming out! That's wonderful- congratulations 🙂 I admit I have yet to get my hands on The Traitor's Wife, but maybe I'll do a double buy in August. I like the cover!

  9. Susan Higginbotham says:

    Christy, LOL!

    Aarti, thanks!

  10. Barbara Martin says:

    Visting cemeteries sometimes reveal the most interesting things.

  11. Ellie Lewis says:

    You know that Jim Morrison is buried in Pere Lachaise, right? xoxo