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18th Century France - The Royal Family

"Louis-Antoine de Bourbon, Duc d'Angouleme" by Joseph Boze (1785) | FAMSF Explore the Art

Louis-Antoine de Bourbon, Duc d'Angouleme - Joseph Boze

A gourd that was believed to contain a handkerchief dipped in the blood of King Louis XVI of France might not have had such a connection after all. When the blood sample on the handkerchief was subject to DNA testing, the results most likely indicated a man of average height with brown eyes of French or Italian descent. This does not match up with known descriptions of Louis XVI: a tall (c. 6'1") blue-eyed man with known Germanic and Polish blood. So, if it's not his blood, then whose is it?

Detail of the painting Marie-Josèphe de Saxe, Dauphine de France en 1747

This vase was owned by Madame de Pompadour who kept it in her apartment in Versailles. This lidded potpourri vase is one of the most famous models introduced by the Sèvres porcelain manufactory; only about twelve were ever produced, ten of which survive today. Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC

Madame Adelaide, daughter of Louis XV

Portrait présumé de Louis-François-Xavier duc de Bourgogne à sept ans signé et daté 'L. Dupont p 1758

The Rise and Fall of Versailles (Part 3 of 3) - Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, and the end of the ancien regime.

Slow-witted. Indecesive. Fat. Ugly. Coarse. Unsympathetic. These are just a few of the words historians have used to describe Louis XVI. How many of these monikers are accurate, though? Find out by visiting: Titillating Tidbits About the Life and Times of Marie Antoinette: Louis XVI Hated Cats

On a cloudy, unremarkable day in February 1710, a rather remarkable event occurred: a tiny, sickly infant was born in a small town outside Paris, France. Despite many societal, medical and even political odds, the child would one-day become King of France. The future Louis XV was born on February 15, 1710 to Marie Adélaïde of Savoy and Louis, Dauphin of France... Read more on Titillating Tidbits About the Life and Times of Marie Antoinette: Joyeux Anniversaire Louis, le Bien-Aimé!

Marie Joséphine, Comtesse de Provence, sister-in-law to Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI. Marie-Joséphine was a slovenly woman, with offensive body odor. Some at court whispered that her lax hygiene caused her corpulent husband to become impotent. Regardless, Comte de Provence was often heard bragging about their wild sexcapades. ~LMB, Titillating Tidbits about Marie Antoinette

Louis Stanislas Xavier, grandson of the licentious Louis XV, younger brother of the priggish Louis XVI. Known at court as Comte de Provence, he was an uptight, corpulent sort of man, lacking the joie de vivre of his brother, Artois. After the murder of his brother (LOUIS XVI) and tragic death of his nephew (Louis XVII), he would become Louis XVIII. ~ LMB, Titillating Tidbits of the Life and Times of Marie Antoinette

Louis XVIII of France - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Louis-Joseph-Xavier de France, duc de Bourgogne, painted a year before his death. Louis-Joseph was the heir to the French throne. His sudden death due to tuberculosis cleared the way for his younger brother to become Louis XVI. ~ LMB, Titillating Tidbits About the Life and Times of Marie Antoinette

Charles Philippe, known as Comte d'Artois, was Louis XVI's fun-loving younger brother. Artois enjoyed parties, gambling, wine, and mischief. He often hosted macabre, impromptu parties in the Catacombs, funereal tunnels beneath Paris. How's that for being a thrill seeker? ~ LMB, Titillating Tidbits About the Life and Times of Marie Antoinette

Louis Joseph Xavier de France, Duc de Bourgogne, oldest son of the Dauphin of France, brother of Louis Auguste (future Louis XVI). Upon the death of this pampered, spoiled noble child of tuberculosis, the shy, intelligent Louis Auguste took one step closer to the throne. ~Leah Marie Brown

Chalk drawing of Louis Joseph Xavier de France (1751–1761), Duke of Burgundy, eldest son of Dauphin Louis and Marie Josèphe of Saxony, and brother of the future Louis XVI. Poor little Louis Joseph would die of tuberculosis. He was a pretty child, was he not? ~Leah Marie Brown

Marie Antoinette with her children Princess Marie Therese Charlotte of France and Dauphin Louis Joseph of France, by Adolf Ulrik Wertmuller, 1785. The queen strolls trough the gardens at her beloved Petite Trianon clutching the wrist of the four year old dauphin.