Le Chevalier D'Eon (TV)

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Trivia:

During the OP sequence, there is a scene where Auguste (who is the future King Louis XVI and husband of Marie Antoinette) is standing between two portraits. The portrait on the left is actually a painting of himself as an adult, painted during his reign in 1788.

The phrase Novus Ordo Seclorum that appears on the intro song ("created" by St. Germain and Robespierre) is Latin for "New Order of the Ages". It appears on the reverse of the Great Seal of the United States, and has been printed on the back of the American dollar bill since 1935.

During the ending credits, most of the images depicting those characters who are based on historical people (D’Eon de Beaumont, Madame de Pompadour, Louis XV, and Maria Leszczynska) are closely based on four real paintings of them painted during their lifetimes.

During episode 8, as the four Frenchmen are riding to the Russian Empress' masquerade ball, Teillagory comments on the light, remarking that this must be the famed "midnight sun". In fact, it is not (quite) so. St. Petersburg is very far north, but not far enough to have actual midnight sun. However, from mid-June to mid-July, St. Petersburg regularly enjoys "white nights", with twilight throughout the night. The sun dips below the horizon, however.

During the OP sequence, we are shown a glimpse of the Place de la Concorde, newly laid out during the reign of Louis XV -- however, the obelisk from Luxor, also shown, is an anachronism. During the reign of Louis XV, the obelisk (commemorating Ramses II) was still in place in Luxor. It was only presented to France much later, in 1831, by Mehmet Ali.

Contrary to what is shown in the anime, the historical Maximilien Robespierre was far too young to have taken part in the events depicted. He was born in 1758, and the anime begins in 1762.

The character of Mary Shalott is wholly fictional; her name would seem to be a reference to the poem "The Lady of Shalott" by 19th century British poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson. King George III was, in fact, married to Duchess Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.

In the scenes where D'Eon and his comrads are sailing to England there are the sounds of steam ship whistles in the background. These are on both language tracks. The first steam powered seafaring vessel wasn't launched until 1807 with Robert Fulton's "The Clermont". So there should be no steam ship whistles in the 1760's.

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