The Protection of a Mother

July 27, 2023

Queen Marie Antoinette of France and her husband King Louis XVI of France with their daughter Princess Marie Therese Charlotte.

But the person who had the greatest attraction for the queen was her daughter. She rejoiced in the child with all the ardour and vivacity of a first attachment.

The education of her daughter was the constant object of her thought. This woman who everyone thought was only occupied with amusements and frivolities, had meditated upon the infinite difficulty and delicacy of the education of children of royal race.

Princess Marie Therese Charlotte, also known as Madame Royale.

If inexorable tradition did not allow her to change the governess, who seemed ill fitted for her high position, the queen at least promised herself to supplement the insufficiency of that governess, and from the start traced a plan, which Mercy described “as very wise and well considered.” She was determined before all that no idea of grandeur should prematurely spring up in the mind of the child. Without absolutely dispensing with all etiquette, she was resolved to banish all hurtful leniency, all useless affluence of serving-people, and every appearance likely to give rise to sentiments of pride. Marie Antoinette was faithful to this plan, and under the eyes of her father and mother, Marie Thérèse Charlotte grew up in the practice of strong and Christian virtue.

The Life of Marie Antoinette, Volume 1 by Maxime de La Rocheterie. Pg. 238.

Short Stories on Honor, Chivalry, and the World of Nobility—no. 888



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