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By Anne-Marie-Louise D'Orleans Montpensier, Duchesse De Montpensier

In seventeenth-century France, aristocratic girls have been valued through their households as commodities to be married off in trade for funds, social virtue, or army alliance. as soon as married, they grew to become legally subservient to their husbands. The duchesse de Montpensier—a first cousin of Louis XIV—was certainly one of only a few exceptions, due to the huge wealth she inherited from her mom, who died presently after Montpensier used to be born. She was once additionally one of many few politically robust girls in France on the time to were an finished writer.

In the bold letters awarded during this bilingual variation, Montpensier condemns the alliance process of marriage, providing as a substitute to came across a republic that she might govern, "a nook of the realm within which . . . ladies are their very own mistresses," and the place marriage or even courtship will be outlawed. Her pastoral utopia would supply treatment and vocational education for the negative, and all of the houses could have libraries and reviews, in order that every one girl may have a "room of her personal" during which to jot down books.

Joan DeJean's energetic creation and obtainable translation of Montpensier's letters—four formerly unpublished—allow us unheard of entry to the brave voice of this impressive woman.

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One finds there the leisure one needs to put things into writing. (C. 1:1–2, P. 40:367, B. 1:21) 6 When Montpensier was finally allowed to return to court in the summer of 1657, she was thus a very different person from the politically rebellious princess who had gone into exile with such trepidation. She quickly gave prising. It was only after Louis XIV’s death in 1715 that memoirs dealing with his reign began to appear; the 1720s and 1730s witnessed the initial publication of almost all the memoirs that have come down to us.

At this point, Montpensier seemed destined to live out her life just as she wanted, according to the dreams laid out in the correspondence published 13 14 La Grande Mademoiselle in this volume. Then, suddenly in 1670, the unthinkable happened: Mademoiselle, La Grande Mademoiselle, the king’s first cousin and the wealthiest woman in France—fell in love. In her case, love appears to have been even more than usually blind. According to every rule of the contemporary marriage game, the man she finally decided on was hardly her equal.

And when great wealth and extensive property were added to the equation, such a marriage became truly an affair of state. In seventeenth-century France, at the moment when the Bourbon monarchy was moving ever closer to absolutism, Anne-Marie-Louise d’Orléans, duchesse de Montpensier, was without rival as a marital commodity. To begin with, her lineage was the most noble of any contemporary French princess: she was the granddaughter of Henri IV and the daughter of Gaston d’Orléans, the brother of Louis XIII.

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