Tuesday, July 1, 2014
The Grandchild of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette
Still, it is touching to think that Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette did have a grandchild. I wonder if the baby was a son or a daughter. Becoming a mother would have meant so much to Marie-Thérèse, in either case, I am sure, but especially so if the child had been an heir to the throne.
Meanwhile, in an ironic twist of fate, Marie-Thérèse's cousin, Marie-Amélie of Naples, Duchesse d'Orléans, married into the rival branch of the royal family, was blessed with baby after baby, including the first Queen of the Belgians, Louise. Marie-Thérèse became Louise's godmother.
On the Tea at Trianon Forum, there is a discussion of the tragic pregnancy of the Duchesse d'Angoulême. There is a horrible suggestion that she may have been raped in prison during the Terror and suffered damage, impairing her ability to bear children. While I hope and pray that this was not the case, I would not put much past the depravity of her captors.