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 Day of the Barricades.Day-dream. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Day of the Dupes,
in French history, was November 11th, 1630, when Marie de Me’dicis and Gaston Duc d’Orléans extorted from Louis XIII. a promise that he would dismiss his Minister, the Cardinal Richelieu. The cardinal went in all speed to Versailles, the king repented, and Richelieu became more powerful than ever. Marie de Me’dicis and Gaston were the dupes who had to pay dearly for their short triumph.   1

 Day of the Barricades.Day-dream. 


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