Bathilde of Orleans
Sister of Philippe Equality, it married the last prince de Condé, who gave up it shortly after their marriage. She was the mother of the duke of Enghien, shot by Napoleon and finishes like aunt of Louis-Philippe, the middle-class king. However, she fought all her life to safeguard her freedom. She had an original personality and generous opinions, her only weapons vis-a-vis a destiny of royal princess who seemed traced in advance.
Girl of the duke of Orleans, Bathilde descends from Louis XIII by the men and from Louis XIV by the women, a famous birth which will waste all its life. Orphan of mother, it has only her father who, monopolized by a jealous mistress, makes it raise in the nuns.
At twenty years (1770), one makes him marry the young duke of Bourbon, future prince de Condé, his cousin, fourteen years old, who removes it convent. He wearies himself of her at the end of six months. Their episodical bringings together just make it possible Bathilde to give rise to a son, the future Duc of Enghien.
The scandal of the adultery of her husband bursts at the great day (1778) and falls down entirely on it. As a separated wife, it is hardly received at the Court and must reorganize its life in the gilded loneliness of the Château of Chantilly. It discreetly gives the day to a girl, born from a connection with a naval officer, and makes pass this child for that of his secretary, in order to keep it near it.
In 1787, it buys with Louis XVI the Elys3ee palace, where it makes build hamlets, like Marie-Antoinette with the Trianon. She moves away from Christianity to devote itself to the occult sciences, with the mysticism of the palmists, astrologers, interpreters of dreams and hypnotizers type Mesmer. She paints and idolâtre her only son. Its living room is known in all Europe for its freedom of thought and the spirits brilliant that one meets there.
With the Revolution, Bathilde is discovered democratic in the heart, like his/her brother, Philippe Égalité. It is annoyed with her husband and his son, which chooses the emigration. When the things are spoiled for these aristocrats with whom it does not feel anything any more commun run, it takes the name of “ citizen Vérité ”. Threatened, it offers its goods to the Republic before seeing them confiscating.
The family curse continues to continue it. In April 1793, its Louis-Philippe nephew of Orleans passes in Austria. By retaliatory measure, the Convention issues the imprisonment with Marseilles of all the Bourbons remained in France. Badly rewarded for its fidelity in France, she survives one year and half in a sinister cell. In November of the same year, his/her brother is guillotine.
Retreaded Miraculeusement of the Terror, Bathilde is released after Thermidor and turns over to settle in the Elysium. She sees herself forced to rent of it the major part, which becomes a public ball with twenty pennies the entry.
In 1797, the Directoire decides to exile the last Bourbons. One makes it go up in an old man fits with body where his last goods are piled up, and one sends it in Spain with his hybrid daughter. At forty seven years, during the month that this voyage lasts, it ties an intrigue in love with a beautiful gendarme with twenty-seven years charged to supervise it. They will maintain a correspondence until its return in France.
Relegated close to Barcelona, Bathilde founds, in spite of its small means, a pharmacy and a dispensary with the use of the needy ones, whose its house becomes the appointment, and which it looks after itself. It becomes completely republican then, which does not put fine for as much at its exile.
In 1804, she learns that Napoleon, that she admired, has just removed and to shoot his/her only son in the ditches of the Château of Vincennes. During ten years, the Emperor, will refuse that the mother of its more famous victim gives the foot to France.
Bathilde receives its revenge in 1814, when the people, seeing in it the mother of “shot of Vincennes”, acclaim it throughout the way which brings back it to Paris.
Louis XVIII enables him to settle with the hotel of Matignon. Its family, in the moral order which characterizes the Restauration, would like to see it beginning again with her husband a common life stopped since forty years, which she refuses. She finds on the other hand her beautiful gendarme of 1797: it is to see it dying of disease three years later.
In 1822, whereas it takes part in a procession moving towards the the Pantheon, it loses consciousness and pushes the last sigh on the settee of a law professor of the Sorbonne. Louis-Philippe makes burn the manuscript of his memories, as well as the file of the young gendarme to the files of the War, to try to give an air of middle-class respectability to that whose life was a combat between its aspirations and the insupportable weight of its birth.
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