Ratilly castle, la Grande Mademoiselle's desert

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Ratilly castle Castle Grande Mademoiselle

Well, we know this lady! We met her in the neighbouring castle of St-Fargeau, do you remember? I mean of course the Grande Mademoiselle, Louis XIV’s famous cousin!

She was Anne-Marie-Louise d’Orléans, exiled here in Burgundy by cardinal Mazarin because she made a mess during the Fronde rebellion: the naughty one shot on the royal troops with the cannons of the Bastille stronghold!

So, in 1652, she came in St-Fargeau in exile. She get soooo bored, and tried to bring together a small court. But it wasn’t the same! So in 1653, she left St-Fargeau after the death of one of her lady-in-waiting, the countess de Fiesques.

So she turned up in Ratilly, and, according to her Memories, it was as gloomy as in St-Fargeau: “The house is so small, so I host few people. I have no carriage here. I go to the Mass every morning by foot, which is a pretty long road! I hunt hares with the greyhounds belonging to local gentlemen. I stayed 5 or 6 days in this desert.” Whoa, that’s a good start!


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