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The Comte d’Artois, younger brother of Louis XVI, loved beautiful women, but only one completely captured his heart. Her name was Louise d’Esparbès de Lussan. Born in 1764, Louise lost her mother shortly after her birth. Her grandmother raised her until she was 12, when she was then sent to the convent of Panthemont, where
Gabrielle De Polignac was Marie Antoinette’s best friend. And just like the Queen’s, her reputation too was completely destroyed. She was accused of being greedy, spendthrift, pleasure-loving, of using her friendship with the Queen to get favours for herself and her family, and of leading her royal friend into an extravagant and decadent lifestyle. But
The charming Corisande Armandine Sophie Leonie de Gramont was the daughter of Aglaé de Polignac and granddaughter of Gabrielle, Marie Antoinette’s best friend. Born in 1783, for the first few years of her life she enjoyed a carefree and privileged existence in France. Then, the Revolution broke out. Corisande escaped with her family to England,
Author Gareth Russell has written a very interesting and insightful post on Gabrielle de Polignac, Marie Antoinette’s best friend. To quote: Within the palace, the reasons for her unpopularity sprang mainly from jealousy. With Gabrielle monopolising Marie-Antoinette’s time and affection, no-one else could climb the social ladder and become the Queen’s new favourite. Many a