~ The governess of Louis XV, Madame de Ventadour ~ .
Charlotte de La Motte Houdancourt, Duchess of Ventadour (1654–1744) was the governess of King Louis XV of France, great-grandson of King Louis XIV. She was the Gouvernante des enfants royaux, Governess of the Children of France like her mother, granddaughter, granddaughter in law and great grand daughter.
Charlotte was the youngest of the three daughters of Philippe de La Mothe Houdancourt, Duke of Cardona and maréchal de France (d. 1657), and Louise de Prie, Marquise of Toucy, Duchess of La Motte Houdancourt, maréchale, governess to the children of France.
Charlotte married Louis Charles de Lévis, Duke of Ventadour and governor of the Limousin (1647–1717) in 1671.
Madame de Ventadour was appointed governess to the royal children in 1704.
In 1712, an outbreak of measles struck the French royal family, causing a number of significant deaths. First to die was the Dauphine, Marie Adélaïde of Savoy. Within a week of her death, her heartbroken husband, Louis the Dauphin, also died, leaving his sons Louis, Duke of Brittany, and Louis, Duke of Anjou, orphaned, and the elder son as heir to the throne.
The sickness, however, had not yet run its course: both the Duke of Brittany (now Dauphin) and the Duke of Anjou became ill with measles. The Dauphin was ministered to by the royal doctors, who bled him in the belief that it would help him to recover; instead, it merely weakened the young boy, who swiftly died, leaving the Duke of Anjou as Dauphin. Deciding that she would not allow the same treatment to be applied to the Duke of Anjou, Madame de Ventadour locked herself up with three nursery maids and refused to allow the doctors near the boy. Louis survived his disease, becoming King of France upon the death of his great-grandfather three years later.
Madame de Ventadour continued in her position as royal governess until 1717, when the boy king was deemed old enough to be raised by men.
Around here Bananas with Hazelnut Spread & Peanut Butter is the breakfast of champions! We were running low on Hazelnut Spread so I whipped up a triple batch. If your littles love Nutella, try making this instead! It is more delicious, only a tiny bit pricier, and can be made organic. Plus, you can control the amount of sugar you put in! Or don't control it, it is Friday after all! 😂 -Mackenzie
Monday OCT 30: I Hate Mondays and House of Guitars Presents the DEAD BOYS featuring Cheetah Chrome and Johnny Blitz, celebrating the 40th anniversary of YOUNG, LOUD, AND SNOTTY! With GOVERNESS (last show of 2017,) ROTTEN UK, The EMERSONS and The GRINDERS. Photo City Improv, Rochester NY. 8 PM, 18+, $18.
~ The governess, Louise-Elisabeth de Croy de Tourzel ~ .
Louise-Élisabeth de Croÿ de Tourzel was born in 1749. She was the Governess of the Children of France from 1789 until 1792. Decades after the French Revolution, de Tourzel published widely read memoirs, which presented a unique perspective on the royal family.
Louise Élisabeth's father was the Duke Louis Ferdinand Joseph of Havré and his mother the Princess Marie Louise of Montmorency-Luxembourg. She was married in 1766 to the Marquis de Tourzel. Her husband died in 1786. She was a staunch supporter of the House of Bourbon, and had this motto engraved on a ring : Lord, save the King, the Dauphin, and his sister!
In 1789, after the fall of the Bastille, many members of the Queen's intimate circle were forced to flee. The Duchesse de Polignac, the queen's favourite and the governess to the royal children, was forced to emigrate to Switzerland. Marie Antoinette appointed Louise Élisabeth to the newly vacant post, with particular attention to be paid to the Dauphin, Louis-Charles.
From this intimate position, the Marquise de Tourzel was able to watch the disintegration of the Ancien Régime. After an angry mob of hungry women incited by revolutionaries stormed the Palace of Versailles on October 5, 1789, the Marquise accompanied the royal family to live in the Tuileries Palace in Paris. Tourzel's loyalty was strong, and she refused to abandon the royal children. She even accompanied the King and his family on a dangerous attempt to flee Paris.
After the abolition of the monarchy in 1792, Tourzel was separated from the royal family and imprisoned in La Force Prison. In January 1793, Louis XVI was executed. In October, Queen Marie Antoinette was also sent to the guillotine. Tourzel was devastated by their deaths, and she was equally shocked to hear of the death of Louis-Charles in 1795. She later published her memoirs, which are an invaluable historical account of the final days of the Bourbon. .
“I don’t get why Isabelle loves that new governess so much. She’s just so bold and old-fashioned… Have you seen her outworn boots? Embarrassing!” .
“Well, honey, that child keeps saying that she allows her to dream.” .
“Dream? Dream of what?” .
“Of being anything she wants to be”. .
Just a little backstory behind this illustration... You have to let children have their own dreams :D It's a shame that I had to crop the image to upload it here, 'cause it's actually a full-body picture :'c