madame elisabeth

Madame Élisabeth – the Temple days

Margaret Trouncer: ‘On August the 10th, Monsieur Berthélemy, the Keeper of the Archives of the Order of Malta in the Tower of the Temple, had heard the cannon of the Tuileries, but as he was a very selfish little man, ensconced in his creature comforts, like a snug angora cat, he did not allow it to trouble him unduly. True, […]

Madame Élisabeth – the beginning of the end…

While Madame Élisabeth busied herself with her books, her painting and her daydreams of happier days spent hunting or riding her beloved horses (Élisabeth was an amazing horsewoman and like her brother, the King, she was said to look her best when mounted on a horse), her brother and sister in law, Marie Antoinette were scheming to get themselves and […]

Madame Élisabeth – the early days of the Revolution.

Madame Élisabeth’s life continued in its usual calm and orderly way throughout the 1780s, with an emphasis on good works and and simple country pleasures. There were touches of tragedy also with the deaths of her niece Sophie-Béatrix on the 19th June 1787 and then the Dauphin Louis-Joseph on the 4th June 1789, both of which devastated her brother and […]

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 a cruel, sarcastic yet indolent […]

Madame Élisabeth – infancy

This is the first in a series of posts about the life of Madame Élisabeth. Élisabeth Philippine Marie Hélène de France was born at 2am on Thursday, 3rd May 1764, the daughter of the unusually devoted royal couple, the Dauphin Louis of France and his second wife Marie-Josèphe of Saxony, who was affectionately known as ‘Pépa’. The royal couple were […]

Royal tea set

I just stumbled across this coffee set in my collection of pictures and thought I would share it as it is rather sweet. The set was made in around 1778. This cafetière has pictures of Louis XVI and his wife Marie Antoinette. A sugar pot with the portraits of the Comte and Comtesse d’Artois. Coffee cup and bowl with the […]

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 Hélène de France was born […]