samedi 3 décembre 2016

France: The Beninese Sister Louise-Marie de-Sainte-Thérèse, adulterine daughter of King Louis XIV.

 
The King Sun, Louis XIV cocufied by his wife, queen Marie-Thérèse!

         At the court of King Louis XIV, manners were so relaxed that the most beautiful stories always revolved around sexual relations between men and women. Only those which came from the reports of the Sun King were secrets for no one. The courtiers were eager to surround the elected with a certain respect borrowed from jealousy. Maria Theresa of Austria, the Infante of Spain, Infante of Portugal, Archduchess of Austria, Queen of France, wife of King Louis XI since June 9, 1660, was respected for her uprightness and devotion. Had she not married her first cousin on the recommendation of Cardinal Mazarin? But alas for the French monarch, she was not a woman of the world. She was good to give heirs to the throne of France. Small, timid and judged foolish, greedy, disgraceful and bigoted, she was quickly abandoned by her husband who hastened to deceive her with many favorites. Conscientious husband, Louis XIV and she gave birth to six children in ten years. The elder Louis, the great dauphin, filled Louis XIV with happiness.

Scandal at the court, the birth of the "Mauresse de Moret".

        
On November 16, 1664, Queen Marie-Thérèse gave birth to a Metis. Felix, the surgeon of the queen, assisted him in his work. At their side, the Abbot de Gordes, now Bishop of Langres, his first chaplain, accompanied them with his prayers. At the sight of the baby, Felix, the doctor could not believe his eyes. The child had the color chocolate, probably due to the immoderate love of the queen for chocolate. When the Abbé de Gordes approached the baby to bless him, he became uneasy. He had to be supported. Worse still, like breathless or stupefied, he faints from affliction. While the courtiers were jostling to be sure of seeing the little black ball, the Prince de Conde burst out laughing and exclaimed: "My God, but he is black! Does not he look like a little Moor? ". Voltaire, who later visited him at the Convent of the Benedictines of Notre Dame-des-Anges, at Moret. Wrote in "The Century of Louis XIV," that she was very tight and besides resembled her.

Louis XVI orders an inquiry!

         A great silence ensued when the king finally came to the bedside of his wife and daughter. In presence of some ladies of the entourage of the queen, his surgeon and confessor, whom the salts had brought back to him. The time had come to provide joking pretexts but explanations. In a tasty mixture of Castilian terms and French words, the queen's camarera mayor evoked before the king the sin of gluttony of his mistress and his culpable inclination for chocolate which, by dint of abuse, a thick layer had lined the The bowels of the sovereign to the point of altering the complexion of the child she wore. His majesty did not appear convinced, and inquired of the surgeon of his own interpretation. Without excluding the reasonableness of this reasoning, M. Felix mentioned the intimacy of the Queen and her favorite dwarf, Little Nabo, brought back some years ago from Dahomey by Admiral de Beaufort.
         The queen had indeed been infatuated with the Dahomean dwarf Osmin nicknamed "Nabo" who, fascinated by this attachment, venerated her return with affectionate glances. Annoyed, the king shrugged his shoulders and, staring darkly at the doctor, let loose those heavily skeptical words: "Should he have a penetrating look?
". Whereupon the king added that he wondered whether the surgeon was well instructed in the mysteries of conception. Then he withdrew, and begged the lieutenant of police of the kingdom, Mister de La Reynie, to investigate diligently and, if it should, to push it to the extremities.
         It seems that the queen's heart wanted to split, but she received this order with all the respect, firmness, and humiliation which such a heavy suspicion deserved, but which was altered by the purity of her conscience. Scarcely did she add that this birth was a mortification which God made her suffer, but that her dear husband would soon strip the article of infidelity upon the memory of her faults. Then she ordered her company to reply frankly to the questions of Mr. de La Reynie.
        
Nabo disappeared from the court and ended his life either embassy or murdered. The malicious rumors did not disappear. The evil tongues of the kingdom of France now insinuated that the queen, deceived abundantly by her husband, with Mrs Henriette of England, his sister-in-law, and Mademoiselle de La Valliere. Despite the disappearance of the dwarf Nabo, La Reynie's report did not in any way affect the fidelity of Queen Maria Theresa.
        
Relieved by such odious discredit, the queen was soon overwhelmed with another grief, when her little daughter, Princess Marie-Anne, was declared dead forty days later, on 26 December 1664, not without having been baptized. Thus ended our article about the birth of Princess Marie-Anne some forty years ago, and it seemed as if history had turned the page. The character of the queen judged for her and attracted to her all confidence. At his sudden death on July 30, 1683, when his Majesty paid him homage by admitting that it was the first time she had caused him grief, the scandal of the black child seemed buried in the depths of his memories.

At twenty, the young Beninese girl was sent to Notre-Dame de Meaux.

         Until a black teenager appears in the churches of the Notre-Dame de Meaux abbey. Unknown but very well educated, she came from a village near Cahors, where she had been brought up by a former servant of the court. No one paid much attention to this novice. Hence the general amazement, about ten years later, when she took the veil under the name of Sister Louise-Marie de Sainte-Therese at the Benedictine convent of Moret-sur-Loing, near Fontainebleau . Not that these three first names surprised particularly. But several high personages did her the honor of attending the ceremony. If the effect was considerable in the small religious community, no one at the court expounded in explanation of this mystery, and the sudden fall of silence. Forgetfulness would soon have recovered their usual ease at the convent so princes of blood and members of the court had not continued to make brief visits to the recluse of Moret-sur-Loing.
         What were they looking for? Everyone was asking the question, and each one. And to reply that Sister Louise-Marie of Sainte-Therese doubtless had gifts in occultism. In the last years of the reign of the Great King, a taste for astrology and divination seemed to carry society to such an extent that his Majesty had become annoyed and gave Versailles a hunt for turntables. The passages of Madame de Maintenon herself near the nun finished intriguing. Never had the first lady of the kingdom contravened the wishes of her sovereign. She therefore came for other mysterious motives. No doubt Christians. The king, a good father to all his children, was perhaps not resigned to abandon the daughter of Maria Theresa, a victim with Nabo of a passing weakness to which he himself had for years 'to abandon.

The place of the enigma and the legend!

         The mystery surrounding the origins of Louise-Marie de Sainte-Thérèse gave birth to three hypotheses, the common feature of which is that she is "the daughter of the royal couple", without knowing if it is the adulterine daughter of Queen Maria Theresa, a hidden child of King Louis XIV with a black actress or, more simply, a young woman baptized and sponsored by the king and queen. None of these assumptions was supported by irrefutable evidence. The enigma of the Beninese, an adulterous daughter of Louis XIV gave birth to the "Mauresses de Moret", melting squares of dark chocolate.
         The Dahomean dwarf Nabo,  had given rise to the legend of the disproportionate male sex of the Negroes and a lesson of humility to the Sun King. Was this what made King Behanzin of Dahomey a special treatment on the part of the French colonists?

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