Marie Antoinette helps the poor

December 15, 2014

The charity of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette

The charity of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette

Distressed at the plight of the poor resulting from the Winter’s severity, Queen Marie Antoinette saved three hundred thousand francs from her personal budget and turned this sum over to her ladies-in-waiting, the parish priests of Paris, and charitable organizations for distribution among the needy. She also encouraged her daughter to do the same, and from the latter’s additional household thrift, a sum of five thousand francs more was obtained.


Madame Campan, Mémoires sur la vie de Marie-Antoinette (Paris: Nelson Éditeurs, 1823), 184. ( translation.)


Short Stories on Honor, Chivalry, and the World of Nobility—no. 446



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