Marie Antoinette’s Secret Love Children Revealed in New Book – Details

Updated: January 11, 2016
Marie Antoinette's Secret Love Children Revealed in New Book - Details

Marie Antoinette, the infamous queen of France who was beheaded by revolutionaries in 1793, allegedly had a torrid romance with a Swedish count while she was married to King Louis XVI.

Her latest book, I Love You Madly, revolves around a new trove of letters, which Marie Antoinette wrote to her lover during the 20 years they carried on their affair.

According to Historian Evelyn Farr, the couple used an elaborate system of invisible ink and secret codes to disguise their messages.

Farr told People on Thursday that she now has convincing proof that Fersen also fathered two of Antoinette’s children: Louis Charles, who would have succeeded Louis XVI as king of France, and Princess Sophie. Both children died before reaching adulthood.

In the years leading up to the French Revolution, the press wrote that Antoinette, who had left her native Austria at 14 to marry the French dauphin, had had affairs with several aristocrats, including the Marquis de Lafayette and the English Baroness Lady Sophie Farrell. Historians have largely found the allegations exaggerated, and the allegations about her affair with von Fersen difficult to confirm. These new letters may provide evidence to the contrary.

In one from early 1792, Antoinette wrote: “I am going to close, but not without telling you, my dear and very tender friend, that I love you madly and never, ever could I exist a moment without adoring you.”

The initial reaction to the marriage between Marie Antoinette and Louis-Auguste was mixed. On the one hand, the Dauphine was popular among the people. Her first official appearance in Paris on 8 June 1773 was a resounding success: she and the Dauphin were acclaimed throughout the day with climax taking place at the Tuileries before their return to Versailles.

With her fair skin, straw-blond hair, blue eyes, beautiful smile and majestic figure, people could not help but be charmed by the personality and beauty of the not yet 18-year-old princess. On the other hand, those opposed to the alliance with Austria, and others on personal grounds, such as the comtesse du Barry, Louis XV’s mistress who had considerable political influence over the king, had a tenuous relationship with the Dauphine.

Unfortunately, if you want to learn more about this alleged affair, you’ll have to wait a little while longer. Farr’s book will be released in the U.K. in March and the U.S. this summer.

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