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The Duchesse de Berry and Royalist Political Culture in Postrevolutionary France

Jo Burr Margadant

in The New Biography

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2000 | ISBN: 9780520221406
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520935310 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520221406.003.0002
The Duchesse de Berry and Royalist Political Culture in Postrevolutionary France

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The Bourbons sought to validate their rule with outdated scripts. The strategy they approved for representing the cultural world of the court undermined it as a fashionable center for the capital's elite, reopening a gap between the court and Paris that had destroyed the Old Regime. In particular, mothering, the most powerful domestic sign of bourgeois culture, avoided the Bourbons' version of a royal household. In the life of the duchesse de Berry, the mother of the successor to the Bourbon throne, both shortcomings of the regime's self-presentation came sharply into focus. This chapter shows how attention to the meanings of general and cultural life revealed through the life of the duchesse de Berry both reshaped the history of the Restoration monarchy and turned the Revolution of 1830 into a watershed for the meaning of motherhood in royalist political culture in nineteenth-century France.

Keywords: duchesse de Berry; Restoration monarchy; motherhood; Bourbon; royalty

Chapter.  16626 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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