Marie Antoinette with her daughter Maria Teresa Carlotta (scene from the film Marie Antoinette, 2006). La regina ebbe anche almeno tre figli "adottivi"

Marie Antoinette with her daughter Maria Teresa Carlotta (scene from the film Marie Antoinette, 2006). The queen also had at least three children “adoptive”

Maria Antonietta all parties, dresses and sequined?

One of the most persistent and enduring clichés of History, easily smentibile.

They are the sources to speak: helping a dear friend to translate documents from French, I only found out a while ago, despite my more than a decade looking for biographical information on the ill-fated queen, that it was step mother at least three children, orphans who brought with him to Versailles to fill them with love, care and material aid.

A very little choice consistent with a shallow and frivolous personality, own instead of a markedly generous and reaching out to the good of others.

I translated the testimony, It comes from Memories of Madame Campan, for the site Lorenzo Crivellin and on it I wrote an article for later, now I propose again on History Pills.



Marie Antoinette with her children Carlotta Maria Teresa and Louis Joseph (1785)

Marie Antoinette with her children Carlotta Maria Teresa and Louis Joseph (1785)

Marie Antoinette Habsburg-Lorraine, last queen of France before the revolutionary Cyclone, It is one of the female historical figures best known to the general public, in part because of the manylegendsborn about him, many of them without any foundation.

This young woman, unjustly famous for overspending and for a presumed lightweight character, It was courageous and generous reality: proud to excess, She refused until the last moment of life to show weak or afraid, certain of her innocence and aware bestowed well to many people during the years of reign.

A little known aspect of the private life of Marie Antoinette, It is to his relationship with maternity and children: Though for many sovereign before her offspring had represented above all a political necessity, for the Queen of France, the children were first and foremost a soul's desire, intimately and typically feminine, a needed long before a rank requirement of the heart.

To demonstrate this, just remember that Marie Antoinette, as well as a mother of four natural children, It was also the adoptive parent of at least three children destitute, that thanks to the love and care of the woman, They had the opportunity to live in dignity and schedule an otherwise uncertain future.

Madame Campan, for many years to the Queen's Service and author of a famous book of Memory”, He tells of the chance encounter with the first of the children who later decide to adopt the sovereign.

In an afternoon of 1776, near the town of Luciennes, the chaise on which Marie Antoinette was traveling threatened to kill a child of about 4-5 years. Fortunately the driver was able to stop in time and the child escaped with a big fright.

The woman in anguish ran to take the little, He said the queen to be his grandmother, and her daughter, He died recently, She had left her five children to attend to.

Marie Antoinette did not think twice and assured the poor lady: He would adopt the boy and would take care of his brothers.

And he did.

The child, renamed The Armand, clean, well-dressed, nourished, He spent much time with the king and queen, which as reported by Madame Campan, She called him "my baby”.

Around the middle of 1787, Bourneuff, Official in Africa in the colony of Senegal, Paris led to a small child of color that the Chevalier de Boufflers offered to the Queen of France; the fashion of the "little black" or "Little Indians" had taken hold in the French court from the time of the famous fatigue, a Bengali child belonged to the Countess Du Barry, last favorite of Louis XV.

The small, of 5 O 6 years, He probably had expressly requested the same Queen, He arrived in Paris in August 1787 and it was called Jean Amilcar.

Unfortunately events swept over France and even the lives of men: still in infancy, Amilcar Jean was forced to undergo the forced removal from his mother-benefactor and then to watch helplessly to his violent death.

Before the final deterioration of the situation, Marie Antoinette was concerned about placing the boy in Beldon board, from the registers of which is paid a substantial maintenance until 1792; We can assume with very little margin for error, that after the dramatic day of 10 August, the now ex sovereign no longer had the option of continuing the payments, and probably he did not even have more news of "his" baby.

Jean Amilcar had existence brief, unsuccessful: teenager died in 'Hospice Unit (Today "Charity") in 1796: the few possessions he owned at time of death, the All had been donated at the time by Maria Antonietta.

Finally, we have very little information on Taneja, a child mentioned in the interrogation of Ms. Brunyer and memorie in Hue.

It bets that this had been adopted by the royal couple after being orphaned of both natural parents; It was playmate of Louis Charles, but she lost all traces from the revolutionary period (Article adapted from: (Photo gives: