Maria Fortunata d’Este (1731-1803)

Maria Fortunata was born on 24 November 1731 at the Ducal Palace of Modena and was fourth daughter and eighth child of Francesco III d'Este, Duke of Modena, and Charlotte Aglaé d'Orléans. Maria Fortunata was said to have been a pious but charming young woman who had a rather torrid childhood since her parents separated after her mother was discovered having an affair with Armand de Vignerot du ... Read the Post

Marie Thérèse de Bourbon (1666-1732)

Marie Thérèse was born in Paris on 1 February 1666 and was the eldest daughter of Henri-Jules de Bourbon, Prince of Condé, and Anne Henriette of Bavaria. As a member of the reigning House of Bourbon, Marie Thérèse was a princesse du sang and was known as Mademoiselle de Bourbon from birth. Marie Thérèse was raised at the Hôtel de Condé with her siblings and they were often at the mercy of their ... Read the Post

Marie Angélique de Scorailles (1661-1681)

Marie Angélique de Scorailles was born in 1661 at the Château de Cropières in Upper Auvergne and her family sent her court hoping her great beauty would make their fortune. Marie Angélique arrived at court in 1678 and became the maid of honor to Elisabeth Charlotte of the Palatinate who was married to Philippe, duc d'Orléans, the younger brother of Louis XIV. At court, Louis XIV was torn ... Read the Post