A look back at the heckled fate of the royal couple in a Secrets d’Histoire devoted to Marie Leczinska rebroadcast this evening on France 3. From Versailles to Lunéville, Stéphane Bern travels the key places in the life of the queen and those close to her.

Louis XV was one of the best parties in Europe. When it came to finding a wife, there were many suitors. Indeed, 99 young women are being considered to become the next queen of France. The list is reduced by the age (too old or too young) and religion (Orthodox or Protestant) of the young women. Problem: No princess is suitable. There remains only Marie Leczinska, very little known who is seven years older than the king.

When Louis XV announces that he is ready to marry Marie, the court laughs and considers that this is a misalliance. The worst rumors then run on his account. The couple married at first by proxy, then shortly after in Fontainebleau.

Marie’s father, Stanislas Leczinski, deposed king of Poland, is not invited to the festivities.

The couple are very happy during the first years of their marriage. Despite the circumstances of their union, Marie and Louis really fall in love. She quickly becomes pregnant and will have a series of pregnancies: she will have 10 children… in 10 years!

In 1738, it was decided to send the youngest of the princesses to the royal abbey of Fontevraud because the family is too large and it costs too much in Versailles. No one has asked the Queen for her opinion in this decision which deprives her of part of her children. For 10 years, she will never see her daughters again.

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She was 35 years old when doctors told her that another pregnancy could endanger her health. She then closes her door to her husband and the couple separate. If Marie remains attached to him, seek comfort in other arms, especially those of the Countess de Mailly who becomes his mistress. He will then follow the conquests and in particular the sisters of the countess.

Abandoned by the king, Marie turned to the needy of her kingdom, in particular those of Paris. There she is known for her largesse. She even asks her ladies at court to sew and knit for the poorest.

The queen was very fond of pastry making, which took off at this time, such as the rum Baba developed by her father, Stanislas. But thanks to her, certain savory dishes were born, such as La bouchée à la reine.

From a very young age, Marie was initiated into music. His father passed on his love for this art to him. Growing up, she perfected her education. She sings and plays several instruments. She then tries to modernize the music played at court, which still remained on Lully’s scores. Twice a week, she organizes concerts and brings in renowned artists such as Farinelli and Mozart, still a child.

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