A lesson from a Polish princess: to be faithful, we must ever be vigilant

June 17, 2013

Portrait of Marie Leszczyńska by François Albert Stiemart

When her marriage with Louis XV was being negotiated—a sacred bond that would bring her the French crown—the Polish princess Marie Leszczyńska confided to an aunt:

—“I fear greatly that this crown I am being offered may yet deprive me of my heavenly one.”


Jacques Necker, Galerie de l’ancienne cour (Maestricht: J. E. Dufour, 1787), Vol. 3,  133. (Nobility.org translation.)

Short Stories on Honor, Chivalry, and the World of Nobility—no. 291



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