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Marie Therese Charlotte, Marie Antoinette's daughter
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Author:  york74 [ Thu Apr 12, 2007 6:54 am ]
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A book description of Nagel's Madame Royale biography has appeared on Amazon:

The first major biography of one of France’s most mysterious women, Marie Antoinette’s daughter, and her only child to survive the revolution.

Susan Nagel, author of the critically acclaimed biography Mistress of the Elgin Marbles, turns her attention to the life of a remarkable woman who both defined and shaped an era, the tumultuous last days of the crumbling ancien régime. Nagel brings the formidable Marie-Thérèse to life, along with the age of revolution and the waning days of the aristocracy, in a page-turning biography that will appeal to fans of Antonia Fraser’s Marie Antoinette and Amanda Foreman’s Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire.

In December 1795, at midnight on her seventeenth birthday, Marie-Thérèse, the only surviving child of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI, escaped from Paris’s notorious Temple Prison. To this day many believe that the real Marie-Thérèse, traumatized following her family’s brutal execution during the Reign of Terror, switched identities with an illegitimate half sister who was often mistaken for her twin. Was the real Marie-Thérèse spirited away to a remote castle to live her life as the woman called “the Dark Countess,” while an imposter played her role on the political stage of Europe? Now, two hundred years later, using handwriting samples, DNA testing, and an undiscovered cache of Bourbon family letters, Nagel finally solves this mystery. She tells the remarkable story in full and draws a vivid portrait of an astonishing woman who both defined and shaped an era. Marie-Thérèse’s deliberate choice of husbands determined the map of nineteenth-century Europe. Even Napoleon was in awe and called her “the only man in the family.” Nagel’s gripping narrative captures the events of her fascinating life from her very public birth in front of the rowdy crowds and her precocious childhood to her hideous time in prison and her later reincarnation in the public eye as a saint, and, above all, her fierce loyalty to France throughout.

Author:  Therese [ Thu Apr 12, 2007 12:34 pm ]
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Thank you, york. This is very helpful.

What illegitimate half-sister? She did not have one. How ridiculous. :roll: :roll: :roll:

Author:  Therese [ Thu Apr 12, 2007 1:54 pm ]
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I read it again and I see that they mean that some people believe she had an illegitimate sister, but that is not necessarily what the book is claiming.

Author:  Arietta [ Wed Apr 25, 2007 1:37 am ]
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EM Vidal has posted these two lovely pictures of Therese: ... oyale.html

and these feature the Bourbon family including Mme. Royale: ... essay.html


Author:  york74 [ Fri May 04, 2007 6:57 am ]
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A cover for Nagel's book - quite a beautiful one! - has appeared on amazon:


Author:  TsmnDs [ Fri May 04, 2007 11:27 pm ]
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"Deliberate choice of husbands..."? I thought she just had the one? My understanding (and I admit that it is extremely scanty) is that she was an orphan, and considered something of an inconvenience by both sides of her family. Her marriage to Angouleme was, I thought, decided for her, more as an easy out, than with any real view to future political maneuvering.
I look forward to this book's publication and shall read it with interest. But I look forward to the thoughts and analysis of fellow board members every bit as much. :wink:

Author:  Monsieur Royale [ Sun May 13, 2007 12:06 am ]
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I thought Provence had her marry Angouleme to keep her in his court. He didn't want to risk her spending too much time with her Austrian relative. He knew the people of France wanted her back more then him.

Author:  Louis-Charles [ Sun May 13, 2007 8:39 am ]
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Indeed Monsieur Royal...Louis XVIII used the Duchesse of Angoulème just for his image... :?

Author:  Monsieur Royale [ Mon May 14, 2007 5:14 am ]
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Wasn't He scared that the French would be rid of the Salic law so they could give the throne to her?

I wish that would've happened

Author:  TsmnDs [ Thu May 17, 2007 6:41 pm ]
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But they were married 15 years before the restoration.

Author:  Therese [ Thu May 17, 2007 7:07 pm ]
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Yes, and Louis XVIII used MTC to have himself restored to the throne. People esteemed her even if they despised him.

Author:  TsmnDs [ Fri May 18, 2007 10:54 am ]
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OK, yes, that makes sense. Thank you Therese, I hadn't considered it from that angle before.

Author:  Arietta [ Fri May 25, 2007 1:55 am ]
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From E.M. Vidal's blog this week, this posting is on Therese's faith life: ... oyale.html

Author:  Marie-Antoinette [ Thu May 31, 2007 12:46 am ]
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She was so pretty :)

Author:  Louis-Charles [ Thu May 31, 2007 6:00 am ]
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Madame Royale?

I agree when she was young she were very charming! :D
She looks like her mother!

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