By Anne-Marie-Louise D'Orleans Montpensier, Duchesse De Montpensier
In the bold letters provided during this bilingual variation, Montpensier condemns the alliance process of marriage, providing as a substitute to stumbled on a republic that she could govern, "a nook of the area within which . . . girls are their very own mistresses," and the place marriage or even courtship will be outlawed. Her pastoral utopia would supply therapy and vocational education for the terrible, and all of the houses could have libraries and reviews, in order that each one lady may have a "room of her personal" within which to write down books.
Joan DeJean's full of life advent and available translation of Montpensier's letters—four formerly unpublished—allow us unheard of entry to the brave voice of this remarkable woman.
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Claude Petitot (Paris: Foucault, 1824 –25). La Grande Mademoiselle by Richelieu in 1631. From then on she never attempted to play any role more active than that of discreet and disinterested observer of the political scene. Even the memoirs composed at the end of her life, unlike most accounts of the civil war period in France, were those of a passive witness: they are centered not on her personal role, but on Anne of Austria’s presence. Motteville played a similar role in her correspondence with Montpensier: she is the ideal sounding board; although she proposes modiﬁcations to Montpensier’s project, she always makes it clear that Mademoiselle’s word is law.
36– 40 of the series Collection des mémoires relatifs à l’histoire de France, ed. Claude Petitot (Paris: Foucault, 1824 –25). La Grande Mademoiselle by Richelieu in 1631. From then on she never attempted to play any role more active than that of discreet and disinterested observer of the political scene. Even the memoirs composed at the end of her life, unlike most accounts of the civil war period in France, were those of a passive witness: they are centered not on her personal role, but on Anne of Austria’s presence.
15 It is, of course, in a way impossible to compare the sense of economic reality possessed by the wealthiest woman in Europe with Woolf’s modest dreams of a private room and sufﬁcient funds to scrape by on. And yet in the exalted cry with which Montpensier ends her third letter—“let there be a corner of the world in which it can be said that women are their own mistresses . . 16 In the end, both realized that spatial independence, the possibility of a place where “women are their own mistresses,” was of the essence if women were to leave a permanent legacy.
Against marriage : the correspondence of la Grande Mademoiselle by Anne-Marie-Louise D'Orleans Montpensier, Duchesse De Montpensier