Wednesday, November 7, 2012


From Vive la Reine. (Click on picture to see it close up.) It is the marriage contract of a Bourbon family retainer and was witnessed by everyone in the Royal family old enough to write in 1785. From top to bottom, we have the signatures of Louis XVI, Marie-Antoinette, the Comte de Provence, the Comtesse de Provence, the Comte d'Artois, the Comtesse d'Artois, Madame Elisabeth, Madame Adelaïde, Madame Victoire, the Duc d'Angoulême (the future husband of Madame Royale), the Duc d'Orléans, and the Duc de Berry (who signs his name almost as large as his uncle the King.) I cannot decipher the name beneath Berry's and the names next to Berry's but one looks like Louis-Joseph de Bourbon (the Dauphin.) I do not see Madame Royale's signature but perhaps I just cannot decipher it.