Was Count Fersen actually Marie Antoinette's lover, or did they simply have one of those terribly romantic courtly friendship romances that we only experience today if we work in used record stores or for some branch of municipal mass transit (so I've gathered - all of my notions of modern courtly romance stem from 90s cult comedies). There was a point when their relationship almost certainly became physical, and his devotion to her during the darkest moments of the Revolution, even when not always resulting in solid strategic decisions, is always endearing to read about. And, let's not forget that Louis, perhaps because of some painful malformation of his junk, took a looooooooooong time to get around to effectively consummating his marriage with Antoinette, and only then after having The Talk with Joseph II. But no matter how you slice it, they don't come much more Royalist than Fersen, so I'm guessing that vat of Citizen Blood is pretty well scotched.
- Count Dolby von Luckner