From The Stockholm Octavo by Karen Engelmann
We meet a character referred to as "The Uzanne", a woman very handy with a fan in her day. Duke Karl leans in and says
"An Englishman once said 'women are armed with fans as men
with swords, and sometimes do more execution with them.' "
The Englishman referred to in this quote is Joseph Addison, founder of The Spectator magazine; in 1711 he penned a letter in the form of a satirical account on the rage for fans at the time.
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Book page from "Modes et usages au temps de Marie-Antoinette - Livre-journal de madame Éloffe" on http://gallica.bnf.fr/ website. This book is in the public domain. Clicking image or title above will take you to book page.
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