The Duchess of Berry and the Court of Charles X

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XXIV THE MARY STUART BALL

NO society in Europe was more agreeable and brilliant than that of the Duchess of Berry. The fêtes given by the Princess in the salons of the Pavilion de Marsan at the Tuileries were marked by exceptional elegance and good taste; the petit château, as her vivacious social staff was called at that time, had an extraordinary brightness and animation. At the carnival of 1829 Madame organized a costume ball, which, for its brilliancy, was the talk of the court and the city. All the costumes were those of one period, -- that at which the dowager queen of Scotland, Marie of Lorraine, widow of James V., came to France to visit her daughter, Mary Stuart, wife of the King, Francis II. It was decided that Mary Stuart should be represented by the Duchess of Berry, and the King, Francis II., by the oldest of the sons of the Duke of Orleans, the Duke of Chartres, who was then eighteen and one-half years old, and who was, the next year, to take the title of Duke of Orleans, on the accession of his father to the throne. The apartments of the Children of France in the Pavillon do Marsan were chosen for the ball, and the date was fixed at Monday, March 2, 1829.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • I - The Accession of Charles X 1
  • II - The Entry into Paris 11
  • III - The Tombs of Saint-Denis 20
  • IV - The Funeral of Louis XVIII 29
  • V - The King 41
  • VI - The Dauphin and Dauphiness 48
  • VII - Madame 58
  • VIII - The Orleans Family 72
  • IX - The Prince of Condé 81
  • X - The Court 90
  • XI - The Duke of Doudeauville 104
  • XII - The Household of the Duchess of Berry 114
  • XIII - The Preparations for the Coronation 123
  • XIV - The Coronation 139
  • XV - Close of the Sojourn at Rheims 152
  • XVI - The Re-Entrance into Paris 160
  • XVII - The Jubilee Of 166
  • XVIII - The Duchess of Gontaut 177
  • XIX - The Three Governors 187
  • XX- The Review of the National Guard 198
  • XXI - The First Disquietude 208
  • XXIII - The Journey in the West 224
  • XXIV- The Mary Stuart Ball 237
  • XXV - The Fine Arts 245
  • XXVI - The Theatre of Madame 257
  • XXVII - Dieppe 266
  • XXVIII - The Prince De Polignac 276
  • XXIX - General De Bourmont 286
  • XXX - The Journey in the South 292
  • Index 299
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