April 28, 2010
Marie Antoinette: adoption?
Around the time when her sister in law the Comtesse d'Artois had a child, Antoinette took part (size of part to be disputed) in raising a peasant boy. The story is told by many, and even discussed in popular fiction books on the Queen. One book, which reader Marika has pointed out to me, The Queen's Confession, discusses the topic of Antoinette and her adopted peasant boy.
As the story goes (embellishments accepted): She was riding in the carriage and by an accident, a peasant boy fell under the hooves of the horses. Marie Antoinette was naturally very concerned, and had him brought to Versailles where he was taken care of by a nurse. After he was fully recovered from the dramatic accident, he was schooled, room and board on the crown. Ironically, years later this boy was said to grow up and become a dangerous revolutionary, very anti Marie Antoinette and her family.