Thursday, May 17, 2018

Fact of the Day: Marie and Louis Cousins

Close cousin relationships were common in both the House of Habsburg and the House of Bourbon, as such King Louis XVI and Marie Antionette were second-cousins-once-removed via Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor. Marie was also descended more distantly to Louis XIII of France. 

9 comments:

Margaret-whiteangel said...

Back in those days cousins marrying cousins in Royalty was the thing to keep the fortune in the same family and such other things...

likeschocolate said...

I kind of feel sorry for Marie Antionette as she was so young when she married Louis and it seems they were kind of ill advised in terms of finanical matters. I wonder why she didn't flee to her parents home witht the children, and at the same time it takes courage to face the consiqences of your actions.

Pat Hatt said...

Have to keep it all in the family with the royals I guess

Sami said...

With not many royals around I suppose they had to marry in the family. My parents are actually second cousins too, who didn't know each other until their early twenties.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Inbred, the whole pack of 'em.

Christine said...

Terrible.

RO said...

Wow! Hugs...

Kirk said...

Kissin' cousins.

Martha said...

Pretty typical back then.