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Marie Antoinette’s Confidante:
The Rise and Fall of the Princesse de Lamballe

The Princesse

Princess Lamballe Brief Overview

Born in Italy to the famous House of Savoy, Maria Teresa of Savoy-Carignan became Princesse de Lamballe through an arranged marriage to one of France’s richest heirs.

The marriage transported her to the gold-leaf and glittering chandeliered halls of the extravagant Château de Versailles. There, she soon found herself immersed in political, sexual, and court scandals. She watched the intrigue as Versailles’s plotters and planners sought, at all costs, to gain the favor of the King and Queen.

A loyal and faithful friend of the Queen, the Princesse sought to be the best of what royalty could be, yet she was unavoidably swept up in the tides of change. Despite her personal ebbs and flows with the Queen, the increasing weakness of the monarchy would allow the Princesse to ultimately show her true strength.

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