21.1.09

Madame Victoire, daughter of Louis XV


Catherine Delors has returned to her series on the daughters of Louis XV and his Queen Maria Leszczynska (2). If those of you who read this rather humble (really humble) rambling blog of mine, please take my advise and follow her blog instead (here). Most bloggers I know take time to write their thoughts and those things which interest them. Madame Delors is one of those authors who not only write well, but is interested in what she writes.

"...When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece..." John Ruskin

...I know, I have neglected the daughters of Louis XV and Marie Leszczynska for too long. But after the post on Madame Adélaïde, we had the holiday season, and Christmas topics came to the fore. Now we can at least come back to these ladies. And actually the long wait between Madame Victoire and her elder sisters is not so artificial as it sounds. Though she was born in 1733, and thus only one year younger than Adélaïde, Marie-Louise-Thérèse-Victoire was raised quite differently. What had happened? Budget troubles already. If Madame Victoire and her three younger sisters had grown up in Versailles, each princess would have required her own maison (household.) Hundreds of servants and attendants, an enormous expense.... more.

Thanks and a tip of my (new) beret to Catherine Delors...

Posted this 216th anniversary of the martyrdom of King Louis XVI.

God Save the King!

Vive le Roy! Vive Louis!

Jhesu+Marie
de Brantigny
(1) Though I have been chastised for this, I have always placed an A at the end of female Polish names which is the way they are written in Polish. In French of course, the name would have dropped the A and inserted an E, just as that of Maria-Antonia changed to Marie-Antoinette. ...All it takes is the passing through a curtain in a tent in the middle of a river... But that is an other story. Marrying a Frenchman, any woman becomes French, it is never the other way around.
(2) Victoire, being the french word for victory, can it be that she was named in honour of the French over the English at Orleans? The victory of Orleans was, 7 May 1429. A commemoration... Or is it just a guess? Another, more plausible reason is the death of King Augustus II who died on 1 February 1733, which placed her maternal grandfather Stanisław Leszczyński, on the throne of Poland.

1 comment:

Catherine Delors said...

Thank you for this wonderful endorsement, Richard!