Lady in Red


Louis XV’s mother, the Duchess of Bourgogne, was renowned for her immoderate consumption of alcohol. There were times when she had to be carried away from the dinner table.  As Louis XV has put it he was spared the misfortune of watching his mother die: an epidemic had carried off both of his parents when he was only two. If not for that misfortune Marie-Adelaide of Savoy would have made one hell of a French Queen! Frequently unfaithful to her husband and as sharp as a whistle, she had won the hearts of many, including her grand-father-in-law, the aging Sun King, who would have easily forgiven her the worst of faux-pas and indiscretions, had he cared to learn about them. As for the Duke of Bourgogne, the man was crazy about his wife and used to write her love-notes with his blood. The Duchess responded in the same medium, the only difference being that her quill was dipped into the blood of her lady-in-waiting.

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