Louise Adélaïde de Bourbon (1757–1824)

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Louise Adélaïde
Abbess of Remiremont
File:Louise Adélaïde de Bourbon by Franque.jpg
Born (1757-10-05)5 October 1757
Château de Chantilly, France
Died 10 March 1824(1824-03-10) (aged 66)
Paris, France
Burial Abbaye Saint-Louis de Limon, Vauhallan, France
Full name
Louise Adélaïde de Bourbon
Father Louis Joseph de Bourbon
Mother Charlotte de Rohan
Religion Roman Catholicism
Signature Louise Adélaïde de Bourbon (1757–1824)'s signature

Louise Adélaïde de Bourbon (5 October 1757 – 10 March 1824)[1] was a French nun. She was the last Remiremont abbess and founded at the beginning of the Bourbon Restoration a religious community that became famous among French Catholics under the name of Bénédictines de la rue Monsieur. She constructed the Hôtel de Mademoiselle de Condé, named after her.


Born at the Château de Chantilly[1] in 1757, Louise Adélaïde de Bourbon was the third and last child of Louis Joseph de Bourbon, prince de Condé and his wife, born Charlotte de Rohan (1737–1760), the daughter of Charles de Rohan, prince de Soubise. As a member of the reigning House of Bourbon, she was born a princesse du sang; this entitled her to the style of Her Serene Highness. She was educated at the Pentemont Abbey, one of Paris' most prestigious schools for daughters of the aristocracy.[2]

At court, she was known as Mademoiselle de Condé and in some sources is styled as princesse de Condé.

A descendant of le Grand Condé, Louise Adelaïde was the aunt of the last duc d'Enghien. She was also a second cousin of the future revolutionary, Philippe Égalité. A first cousin was the Charles Alain, Prince of Guéméné, son of her aunt Victoire de Rohan, princesse de Guéméné.

Louise Adélaïde was supposed to marry her distant cousin Charles Philippe, comte d'Artois, but the marriage fell through; Charles later married Princess Maria Theresa of Savoy and eventually became King Charles X of France during the Bourbon Restoration.

Her mother died at the Hôtel de Condé after a long illness[3] as reported by the Duke of Luynes; at the time, Louise Adélaïde was just three years of age. As a result, Louise Adélaïde was raised by her great-aunt, Henriette Louise de Bourbon (1703–1772).

Henriette was the Benedictine abbess of Beaumont-lès-Tours (a former commune of Indre-et-Loire).[4] Due to her convent education, almost all of Louise Adélaïde's youth was spent in a religious setting. Her education was completed at the royal abbey of Bernardine Panthémont, located in the 7th arrondissement of Paris.[5] In 1780, Mademoiselle de Condé requested permission to leave the convent of Panthémont. It was at this time that she built the Hôtel de Bourbon-Condé for her personal use, her father still retaining the grand Palais Bourbon built by his grandmother, Louise-Françoise de Bourbon, as his principal residence in Paris. Considerations of rank prevented her from marriage. In 1786, she was appointed Abbess of Remiremont. She did not, however, visit Remiremont more than three times during her period in office[6]

In 1789, she fled to Belgium to escape the first stages of the French Revolution . In 1802, in Poland, she took the veil, returning to Paris in 1816 to found a religious institution. She was later the Lady of Saint Pierre and Metz and Cetera, lordships she held in her own right.

Her father died in 1818. Louise Adélaïde died quietly in Paris six years later in 1824. Six months after her death, her former suitor, the comte d'Artois, succeeded to the French throne as King Charles X.

She was buried at the Abbaye Saint-Louis de Limon, Vauhallan.


Titles, styles, honours and arms

Titles and styles

  • 5 October 1757 – 10 March 1824 Her Serene Highness Mademoiselle de Condé

References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 van de Pas, Leo. "Louise Adélaïde de Bourbon". Genealogics .org. Retrieved 2010-03-16.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Louis Chaigne, Les Bénédictines de la rue Monsieur, F.-X. Le Roux editions, Strasbourg-Paris, 1950, p. 13 sqq
  3. d'Albert de Luynes, Marie Charles Louis. Chronique de le régence et du regne de Louis XV p.238. Genealogics .org. Retrieved 2010-03-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Patrimoine-de-france.org Retrieved 19 June 2009
  5. Louis Chaigne, Les Bénédictines de la rue Monsieur, F.-X. Le Roux editions, Strasbourg-Paris, 1950, p. 13 sqq
  6. http://www.guide2womenleaders.com/womeninpower/Womeninpower1770.htm

See also