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Anne Marie Louise of Orleans

Marie of Bourbon – The Montpensier heiress

Marie of Bourbon was born on 15 October 1605 as the daughter of Henri de Bourbon, Duke of Montpensier and Henriette Catherine de Joyeuse, Duchess of Joyeuse in her own right. She would turn out to be their only child and her father died on 27 February 1608 – making her Duchess of Montpensier in [read more]

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Charlotte Bonaparte Gabrielli

The Bonaparte Women – Charlotte Bonaparte Gabrielli

Charlotte Bonaparte was born at Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume on 22 February 1795 as the daughter of Lucien Bonaparte, a younger brother of Napoleon Bonaparte, and his first wife, Christine Boyer. She was their eldest daughter. A brother was stillborn the following year, followed by a sister who lived for just a few hours. Her younger sister was [read more]