Marquise de Tourzel

Birth: 1749

Death: 1832

Appointed Governess of the Children of France at the start of the French Revolution, after the position became vacant upon the emigration of the queen's favourite, the duchess of Polignac (1749-1793). Arrested after the fall of the monarchy in August 1792, she was smuggled out of prison during the September Massacres but remained in France in the hope of returning to her duties as royal governess.





Appears in these Letters:


30 June: Capture at Varennes: The Humiliation of a King

Here the duchess sifts through the wreckage of the royal family's thwarted attempt to escape Paris in June 1791. Before leaving on what would become...


14 August: The August Revolution: The Fall of the Monarchy

The summer of 1792 was a perfect storm for the French monarchy, with rising demands for a Republic amid military defeats and the lasting resentment...

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