13.11.08

Madame Elisabeth eldest daughter of Louis XV

Versailles and more published a new entry entitled "Madame Elisabeth, daughter of Louis XV" by Catherine Delors. To understand the reign of Louis XVI we must remember the previous reign and those who played a pivotal role in the formation (even if on the edge) of the martyred King.

...This is the first post in the long promised series on the daughters of Louis XV and Marie Leszczynska. I feel the best way to meet these fascinating ladies is in chronological order.

On August 14, 1727, Queen Marie Leszczynska gave birth to twin girls, the first born being Marie-Louise-Elisabeth, known as Madame Elisabeth, or simply, as the King's eldest daughter, Madame. Louis XV, who was only seventeen, had of course been hoping for a male heir, but he was nonetheless delighted by the birth of the girls. "People said I could not have children," he went around repeating, "and see, I made two!"

Elisabeth is his darling, his Babette. She has never been considered pretty, but she is bright, vivacious, willful. Yet dynastic politics lead Louis XV to arrange her marriage to her cousin, Philippe de Bourbon, younger son of the King of Spain. It is considered a mediocre match for a Fille de France ("Daughter of France") to marry a foreign prince unlikely to succeed to any throne, but Louis XV wants to reinforce the family ties with the Spanish Bourbons.

The bride is only twelve, and she is heartbroken when she must leave Versailles and her twin, Madame Henriette. "Tis forever, my God, tis forever," she sobs in the arms of her sister. Indeed it was often true at the time: as a rule a princess, once married abroad, never set foot again in her native country. That is, for instance, what happened to Marie-Antoinette. But, as she shall see, Madame Elisabeth will never allow herself to be bound by rules applicable to ordinary princesses.

The bride is only twelve, and she is heartbroken when she must leave Versailles and her twin, Madame Henriette. "Tis forever, my God, tis forever," she sobs in the arms of her sister. Indeed it was often true at the time: as a rule a princess, once married abroad, never set foot again in her native country. That is, for instance, what happened to Marie-Antoinette. But, as she shall see, Madame Elisabeth will never allow herself to be bound by rules applicable to ordinary princesses.
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Twelve and married! I could not have parted with my daughters at twelve.

Thanks and a tip of the beret to Catherine! Madame Catherine has more pictures at her site. The portraits are a snapshot into the life of the royal family; Catherine has pointed out some interesting facts about a family "photo".

Dieu Le Roy!
de Brantigny

2 comments:

Catherine Delors said...

"Madame Catherine!" Thanks, Richard, you make me feel like royalty...

de Brantigny........................ said...

Oui! Certainement!

Richard