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Date Created[1819?]
Sort Date1819
DescriptionThis royal bookplate, in black ink, contains two shields surrounded by a border of floral branches and elaborately twisting rope. The dexter shield represents the Arms of the ducs de Berry (after 1376). This shield, azure (blue), with an embattled bordure, gules (red) is charged with three fleurs-de-lis, two over one. The sinister shield represents the coat of arms of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. Above the two shields is a royal crown adorned with fleur-de-lis.
Extent1 bookplate : burin engraving ; 6.3 x 9.5 cm
Subject - GeographicRosny-sous-Bois (France)
TypeStill Image
NotesThis bookplate likely belongs to Marie Caroline Ferdinande Louise Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duchesse de Berry (1798-1870), who was daughter of Francis I of the Two Sicilies and his first wife, Maria Clementina of Austria. She married Prince Charles Ferdinand of Artois, duc of Berry, the nephew of King Louis XVIII of France in 1816. She is considered an important figure of the Bourbon Restoration following the assassination of her husband in 1820. Her son was Henri, Comte de Chambord, who, having been born after the assassination of his father was called "miracle child" and continued the direct Bourbon line of King Louis XIV of France. After fleeing France in 1830 due to the July Revolution, and the removal of Charles X from power, she returned to her family in Naples. In 1832, she made a unsuccessfully attempt to restore the Bourbon dynasty during the reign of the Orléanist monarch, King Louis Philippe of the French (1830-1848), which resulted in her arrest and imprisonment in November of that year. She was released in June of 1833, following the discovery of her secret marriage to an Italian nobleman, with whom she birthed a son. For this reason, she was no longer feared by members of the House of Bourbon, and she left for Sicily. She died at Brunnsee in Austria, in April 1870.
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Access IdentifierBP MUR FRA P F4735
Digital IdentifierBP_MUR_FRA_P_F4735
Is Part OfRBSC Bookplates
SourceOriginal Format: University of British Columbia. Library. Rare Books and Special Collections. Thomas Murray Bookplates Collection. BP MUR FRA P F4735
Date Available2008
Publisher - DigitalVancouver : University of British Columbia Library
RightsImages provided for research and reference use only. Permission to publish, copy, or otherwise use these images must be obtained from Rare Books and Special Collections:
TranscriptBibliothèque de Rosny. 1819
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