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Madame Élisabeth – a Versailles childhood

The orphaned children of the Dauphin and Marie-Josèphe de Saxe were a diverse bunch. At the time of their mother’s death, the eldest was the twelve year old Dauphin Louis-Auguste, a serious, sombre boy with low self esteem and a diffident manner. Next was the eleven year old Louis-Stanislas-Xavier, Comte de Provence, already overweight with […]

Madame Élisabeth

In my book collection I have a rather old biography, Madame Élisabeth by Margaret Trouncer which may have been written several decades ago but is nonetheless an entrancing and informative read for anyone interested in the life of this enigmatic princess and court life in France before and during the French Revolution. Élisabeth Philippine Marie […]