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

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ISBN-13: 9780226534909

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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 turned legally subservient to their husbands. The duchesse de Montpensier—a first cousin of Louis XIV—was one in every of only a few exceptions, due to the significant wealth she inherited from her mom, who died almost immediately after Montpensier used to be born. She used to be additionally one of many few politically strong ladies in France on the time to were an finished author. within the bold letters awarded during this bilingual version, Montpensier condemns the alliance approach of marriage, offering as an alternative to came upon a republic that she could govern, "a nook of the realm during which . . . girls are their very own mistresses," and the place marriage or even courtship will be outlawed. Her pastoral utopia would offer treatment and vocational education for the terrible, and all of the houses might have libraries and reports, in order that every one lady may have a "room of her personal" within which to put in writing books. Joan DeJean's energetic advent and obtainable translation of Montpensier's letters—four formerly unpublished—allow us remarkable entry to the brave voice of this notable lady.

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Here, Montpensier is calling for a type of Christian charity, a value promoted among aristocratic women in her day, when for the first time ever they were actively encouraged to visit the sick, for example, or to give alms to the poor. The provision Montpensier makes for a moral community is one of the key means she would use to replace romantic love. In addition, Montpensier’s humanitarianism, her emphasis on a virtuous and responsible life, lays the foundation for what can be seen as a new feudal order, one that could have served as a replacement for the old order her cousin was about to begin dismantling when he forced the French nobility to abandon their landed estates and move to Versailles.

Photo: Photothèque des Musées de la Ville de Paris/Habouzit. twenty, and often much sooner—at age thirty, she had become a decidedly less attractive commodity. Montpensier chose as the site of her exile one of her properties she had never before laid eyes on, the château at Saint-Fargeau. The years she spent in compulsory isolation from the place those of her rank considered the cen- La Grande Mademoiselle Fig. 2. Portrait of Anne-Marie-Louise d’Orléans, duchesse de Montpensier, holding the portrait of her father (1672).

Their military daring was so striking that their contemporaries referred to them as Amazons, as though they were the legendary women warriors come to life. Thus, Montpensier managed to enter the city of Orléans by battering down the only gate no one had thought to fortify and thereby won that city over to the rebel cause. Later, in an exploit that quickly became La Grande Mademoiselle the stuff of legend, in July 1652 she gave the rebels, known as frondeurs, their final victory. The battle was raging throughout the streets of Paris between the vastly outnumbered opposition forces, led by their finest general, the prince de Condé, and the royal army, under the command of their leading general, Turenne.

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