By Anne-Marie-Louise D'Orleans Montpensier, Duchesse De Montpensier
In the bold letters provided during this bilingual version, Montpensier condemns the alliance approach of marriage, featuring as a substitute to stumbled on a republic that she may govern, "a nook of the realm within which . . . ladies are their very own mistresses," and the place marriage or even courtship will be outlawed. Her pastoral utopia would supply remedy and vocational education for the bad, and all of the houses could have libraries and experiences, in order that each one lady may have a "room of her personal" during which to put in writing books.
Joan DeJean's vigorous creation and obtainable translation of Montpensier's letters—four formerly unpublished—allow us extraordinary entry to the brave voice of this striking woman.
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The fact remains, however, that it continued to be repeated, virtually until 1660 and the king’s marriage, the event that initiated the correspondence edited here. Beginning in 1644 when Montpensier was seventeen and Philip IV of Spain became a widower, other candidates began to appear on the scene, 2. Montpensier owes the names by which her contemporaries referred to her to a curious practice that ﬁrst began to function at the French court in her day and that was maintained until the Revolution of 1789.
Ter of the universe were hardly wasted: she developed new interests, architecture in particular, when she had the dilapidated château remodeled to her speciﬁcations. She surrounded herself with a true miniature court: she had the latest plays staged for her followers; she organized all the activities typical of contemporary court life—from dancing to hunting. Most important of all, by the time her exile had ended, she had discovered a literary talent, 9 10 La Grande Mademoiselle one she might never have explored had she continued to live in the midst of all-consuming court intrigue.
I made very few changes in the original punctuation; they are indicated by means of brackets. ” A N O T E O N T H E T R A N S L AT I O N In the English translation, I modiﬁed the highly oral style of this correspondence in one major way, by breaking down many of the very long sentences into shorter units. ” Otherwise, I tried to preserve as much of the rhythm of their exchange as possible. 18. : Doubleday, 1959), 177–78. Christian Bouyer gives the French text in a recent reedition of part of her portrait collection: Anne-Marie-Louise d’Orléans, duchesse de Montpensier, Portraits littéraires, ed.