European History in Books
Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, born 1822, daughter of Prince Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Princess Maria Antonia Koháry. On 27 April 1840, she married Prince Louis, Duke of Nemours and they had four children together. She died two weeks after giving birth to her fourth child on 10 November 1857.
A postmortem portrait of Marie-Theresе Raphaelle de Bourbon, Infante of Spain (1726-1746), Dauphine of France. First wife of the dauphin Louis Ferdinand of France, they were married in 1744 to improve the relations between the two countries. She died in 1746, just 3 days after giving birth to a girl who bore her name and who also died shortly after.
Marie Leczinska (1703-1768), was a Polish princess and Queen consort of France from 1725 until 1768 by marriage to Louis XV. The daughter of King Stanislaus I of Poland and Catherine Opalińska, her 42-year service was the longest of any queen in French history.
A portrait of Gabrielle Yolande Claude Martine de Polastron, Duchesse de Polignac (1749-1793). She was the favourite of Marie Antoinette. She died in exile, shortly after hearing of the execution of the Queen. This painting was made by Élisabeth-Louise Vigée le Brun (1755-1842), in 1782.