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Who Was Marie Antoinette?

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Tea at Trianon: Marie-Antoinette's Children

The children of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI, Louis Joseph and his sister, Marie Therese Charlotte. From an engraving after a painting by Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun

After the picture by Vigée Le Brun in Versailles, omitting the Dauphin to show only those children of Marie Antoinette who survived the Revolution.

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He was kept in absolute isolation, completely neglected. He had virtually no contact with other people and was not informed of the execution of his mother and his aunt. He was dirty and sick, his room was not cleaned nor could he wash himself or his clothes. He was beaten and humiliated, all to try to punish him for his royal descent.

Most likely he was insane at the end of his life caused by this treatment. Eyewitnesses claim he did not speak anymore and could barely move. He was covered in pests and faeces.

Louis Charles, dauphin of France, died on June 8, 1795 after nearly four years in solitary confinement. His sister Marie Thérèse had been locked up in the tower above him all this time, but she could not contact him. She is the only one of the children of marie antoinette that would survive the revolution. 

The medieval fortress Temple in Paris were the Bourbon family was imprisoned during the French Revolution.

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Only the eldest daughter would grow up. Like many children in this period of time 2 of the children of Marie Antoinette died prematurely, Sophie Beatrix was not even a year old, and the Dauphin Louis Joseph died at the age of 7 from tuberculosis. After his death, Louis Charles became the new dauphin of France.

Marie Antoinette was happy with a daughter, a son would have belonged to the nation, a daughter she could keep to herself. 3 Years later, the long awaited son, the dauphin of France was born, Louis Joseph (22 October 1781 - 4 June 1789) and then 2 more children Louis Charles (27 March 1785 - 8 June 1795) and Sophie Beatrix (9 July 1786 - 19 June 1787). The Children of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI had no happy childhood.