Friday, February 16, 2018

Hartwell House Revisited

The novel Madame Royale opens with the Bourbonic sojourn at Hartwell House. From Hello!:
First mentioned in the Domesday Book almost a thousand years ago, this hotel has a rich and fascinating royal history. In the early 19th century the stately home served as a royal residence when Louis XVIII, the exiled king of France, hid out there with his family for five years during the French Revolution. He was joined by his queen, Marie-Josephine de Savoie and his niece, Duchesse D'Angoulême, the daughter of his brother Louis XVI and sister-in-law Marie Antoinette, along with over one hundred courtiers.  Louis stayed there until 1814, when Napoleon was defeated and he signed papers of accession to become king. (Read more.)

Bedroom of the
Duchesse d'Angoulême

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