Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Maria Theresa of Spain

From Tiny-Librarian. The Queen and first wife of Louis XIV, Maria Theresa may be the one who said something vaguely similar to "Let them eat cake,"  such as "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche?" but Marie-Antoinette did not say it at all. Maria Teresa, who was very religious and had many charities, would not have said such a thing out of callousness, but rather she might have been suggesting that the poor be given brioches and the pastries and pastry crust from the patisseries. Cake was not even eaten in France at the time. However, there is no solid evidence that Louis XIV's Queen ever made such a remark either.

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