• Marie de Bourbon, Duchesse de Montpensier et d’Orléans

    Marie was the only child of Henri de Bourbon, Duc de Montpensier, and his wife Henriette-Catherine de Joyeuse. Born at the château de Gaillon, in the former province of Normandy, on 15 October in 1605 into the royal house of Bourbon, Marie was a Princesse du Sang.   Her mother, one of the richest women in France, was the last member of the…

  • Anne-Marie-Louise d’Orléans, Duchesse de Montpensier

    She was a grand-daughter of Henri IV, niece to Louis XIII, first cousin to Louis XIV, a woman determined to control her own life and fortune. An amazon in a world of delicate women, commonly known as La Grande Mademoiselle.   Anne-Marie was born at the Palais du Louvre in Paris on 29 May in 1627 as first child of…

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