Philip, Duke of Anjou, afterwards Duke of Orleans, brother of Louis XIV. (born 1640, died 1701), married the Princess Henrietta, youngest daughter of Charles I., who was born June 16th, 1664, at Exeter. She was known as “La belle Henriette.” In May, 1670, she came to Dover on a political mission from Louis XIV. to her brother Charles II., but the visit was undertaken much against the wish of her husband. Her death occurred on her return to France, (See the Memoirs of Duc de Saint-Simon for the details of this murder thought not to have been managed by her husband but by her husbands clique of friends. D.W.) and was attributed to poison. It was the occasion of one of the finest of Bossuet’s “Oraisons Funebres.”
This text comes from a footnote on a diary entry in the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley.
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