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La Loterie de l’École Royale Militaire

The lottery that enabled Casanova to make one of the quickest fortunes in the eighteenth century.
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'Wheel of Fortune' by Kev Butters, artist of 'Casanova in Paris: The Shadows of the King' - an online graphic novel created by Kev Butters and Dave Thompson. Giacomo Casanova, Military Costumes, Seven Years' War, Unhappy Marriage, The Libertines, Wealthy Women, Cities In Italy, Wheel Of Fortune, Marriage And Family
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'Wheel of Fortune' by Kev Butters, artist of 'Casanova in Paris: The Shadows of the King' - an online graphic novel created by Kev Butters and Dave Thompson.
A woman selling firewood (1737).  By mid-century lotteries were booming and had become part of daily life.  The price of a ticket, at 20 sous (one livres) was relatively affordable.  To put this into perspective, an unskilled worker made 20-30 sous a day and a standard 4lb loaf cost 8-9 sous.  Even the poorest citizens were able to club together to get hold of a ticket. Historical Costume, Historical Clothing, Era Georgiana, Claude, Le Cri, 18th Century Costume, Historical Artwork, Paris Photo, Classic Image
Paris in the 18th century - Wikipedia
A woman selling firewood (1737). By mid-century lotteries were booming and had become part of daily life. The price of a ticket, at 20 sous (one livres) was relatively affordable. To put this into perspective, an unskilled worker made 20-30 sous a day and a standard 4lb loaf cost 8-9 sous. Even the poorest citizens were able to club together to get hold of a ticket.
Casanova argued for the Genoese lottery model where the prize was a fixed ratio to what the individual had paid.  The more balls correctly guessed, the higher the odds, the greater the payout.  Players also had greater freedom in the way they gambled.   This was radically different to the typical raffle-type lottery the French were used to.  In the raffle-type model, the prize money was restricted to a percentage of the total amount wagered by all players. Restricted, Percentage, Arguing, Raffle, Lottery, Odds, Greater, Balls, Freedom
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Casanova argued for the Genoese lottery model where the prize was a fixed ratio to what the individual had paid. The more balls correctly guessed, the higher the odds, the greater the payout. Players also had greater freedom in the way they gambled. This was radically different to the typical raffle-type lottery the French were used to. In the raffle-type model, the prize money was restricted to a percentage of the total amount wagered by all players.
One of the most fascinating aspects of Casanova’s second visit to Paris is his part in the creation of what was to become easily the largest lottery in the history of Europe up to that time and through which he made one of the quickest fortunes in the eighteenth century. Richard Chamberlain, Heath Ledger, Republic Of Venice, Czech Republic, Donald Sutherland, Marcello Mastroianni, Fountain Pen Ink, Portraits
Giacomo Casanova - Wikipedia
One of the most fascinating aspects of Casanova’s second visit to Paris is his part in the creation of what was to become easily the largest lottery in the history of Europe up to that time and through which he made one of the quickest fortunes in the eighteenth century.
By mid-century lotteries were booming and had become part of daily life.  Parisians bought millions of tickets and street hawkers, such as the one above, were everywhere. (found in R D Kruckeberg doctoral thesis ‘The Wheel of Fortune in Eighteenth-Century France’). Parisians, Instrumental, Theatrical, Thesis, Daily Life, Theatre, Darth Vader
By mid-century lotteries were booming and had become part of daily life. Parisians bought millions of tickets and street hawkers, such as the one above, were everywhere. (found in R D Kruckeberg doctoral thesis ‘The Wheel of Fortune in Eighteenth-Century France’).
The first approved lottery in France took place in 1539 during the reign of Francis I. French History, Tudor History, Art History, Ancient History, Louvre Paris, Rey Enrique Viii, Isabel I, Tudor Dynasty, World History
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The first approved lottery in France took place in 1539 during the reign of Francis I.
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Royal lottery, engraving. France, 17th century.
Royal lottery, engraving. France, 17th century.
A lottery draw in Florence in the early sixteenth century.  The existence of lotteries can be traced back to antiquity but the large-scale modern lotteries initially took hold in the city-states of Renaissance Italy such as Florence, Genoa and Venice, driven by large, concentrated, urban populations with sophisticated commercial and social infrastructures. Venice, Renaissance, Italy, Genoa, Florence, Painting, Urban, Antiques, Tuscany
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A lottery draw in Florence in the early sixteenth century. The existence of lotteries can be traced back to antiquity but the large-scale modern lotteries initially took hold in the city-states of Renaissance Italy such as Florence, Genoa and Venice, driven by large, concentrated, urban populations with sophisticated commercial and social infrastructures.
1697 -  Gregorio Leti's 'Critique historique, politique, morale, économique, & comique sur les lotteries'.  Lotteries stimulated considerable moral and intellectual debate. List Of Authors, Famous Authors, Shakespeare, Illustrated Ladies, Canon Law, Philosophy Of Science, Modern Books, Les Religions, Scriptures
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1697 - Gregorio Leti's 'Critique historique, politique, morale, économique, & comique sur les lotteries'. Lotteries stimulated considerable moral and intellectual debate.
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The monks of St. Thomas in Paris were given permission to operate a lottery on October 30 and December 9, 1713.  Lotteries were also permitted to help support the hospitals in Lyon and Dijon. To placate religious and moral concerns, lotteries, up until the 18th century, had two accepted uses: to pay down government debt in times of exceptional need (usually war); to support charity and charitable projects.  Furthermore, a lottery could only be a one-off, temporary measure. Saint Thomas D'aquin, Thomas Von Aquin, Saint Thomas Aquinas, Catholic Humor, Catholic Saints, Roman Catholic, Catholic Church, Catholic Priest, Catholic Online
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The monks of St. Thomas in Paris were given permission to operate a lottery on October 30 and December 9, 1713. Lotteries were also permitted to help support the hospitals in Lyon and Dijon. To placate religious and moral concerns, lotteries, up until the 18th century, had two accepted uses: to pay down government debt in times of exceptional need (usually war); to support charity and charitable projects. Furthermore, a lottery could only be a one-off, temporary measure.
Abbey of Port-Royal-des-Champs, c.1710.  Between 1707and 1708, the king permitted lotteries for the benefit of four impoverished religious orders: the Abbey of Poissy, the Benedictine monastery at Saint-Marcel, the Abbey of Port-Royal, and the Irish Benedictine monastery at Ypres. Versailles, Champs, Cochin, Benedictine Monastery, Louvre, Ypres, Port Royal, Cloister
'Abbey of Port-Royal-des-Champs, c.1710' Giclee Print - Magdeleine de Boulogne | AllPosters.com
Abbey of Port-Royal-des-Champs, c.1710. Between 1707and 1708, the king permitted lotteries for the benefit of four impoverished religious orders: the Abbey of Poissy, the Benedictine monastery at Saint-Marcel, the Abbey of Port-Royal, and the Irish Benedictine monastery at Ypres.
Madame de Pompadour was one of the prime movers behind the lottery to raise money for the École Royale Militaire, along with Jean de Boulogne, the king’s treasurer, Giovanni Calzabigi, secretary to the ambassador of the Two Sicilies and the school's First Intendant, financier Joseph de Pâris-Duverney. Madame Pompadour, Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, Marie Antoinette, Jean Antoine Watteau, 18th Century Portraits, 18th Century Fashion, Loos, Lily Of The Valley
Charles-André van Loo, First Painter to Louis XV
Madame de Pompadour was one of the prime movers behind the lottery to raise money for the École Royale Militaire, along with Jean de Boulogne, the king’s treasurer, Giovanni Calzabigi, secretary to the ambassador of the Two Sicilies and the school's First Intendant, financier Joseph de Pâris-Duverney.
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Pour une université stratégique à l’École militaire
L’École Royale Militaire today.
In 1751, under the patronage of Louis XV, the École Royale Militaire was founded.  Its purpose was the military education of impoverished French nobility but very quickly it ran into financial problems (engraving around 1800). Poster Prints, Framed Prints, Canvas Prints, Posters, Online Images, Wonderful Images, Picture Library, Image Frame
Paris: Ecole Militaire by Granger
In 1751, under the patronage of Louis XV, the École Royale Militaire was founded. Its purpose was the military education of impoverished French nobility but very quickly it ran into financial problems (engraving around 1800).