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''Marianne''

  • General History
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

The name ''Marianne'' is linked directly to French National history as being the personification of Liberty. The practice of using the feminine (form or name), to further democratic or political views was a common practice with MANY Nations and Kingdoms going back Centuries. In French History, ''Marianne'' can be traced back to The French Revolution of 1789.

 

Traditionally, ''Marianne'' is portrayed as a Female ''Warrior'', donning The Greek Phrygian Cap (Wool Hat), often bare breasted (seen as Purity of Heart as well as as a ''Mother'' – she feeds ''Her'' People). Often ''Marianne'' was used to carry The French Tricolor Flag. Still often, ''Marianne'' carries either a Sword or Rifle. Most often, ''She'' is leading people ''to liberty and freedom''.

 

Early versions were known to exist in use by The French Monarchy as the personification of France. Many Historians cite that ''Marianne'' was imply ''borrowed'' by Revolutionaries. Her image began to take ''root'; - being used on all forms of contemporary Media and even serving as a first image on the coinage of The French Republic.

 

Rivals and Enemies of France began to circulate the story (1840s) – that ''Marianne'' was actually a French Prostitute, who would '' go with anyone''. This was seen as a way of insulting the often ''side switching'' diplomacy of The 2[sup]nd[/sup] Republic France.

 

''Marianne'', while well produced in Media, is best known for the 1830 Eugene Delacroix Painting ''Liberty Leading The People''. Conversely, ''Marianne'' was the original intention for the name of the iconic gift to America – The Statue of Liberty. The United States wished to simply identify ''Her'' as ''Lady Liberty'' (as she still is today).