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From: Leo van de Pas< >
Subject: Re: Crown Princess of Sweden
Date: 26 Jan 1998 18:26:48 -0800
>This may be a trivial point, but Carl XIV was of course French. He was Jean
>Baptiste de Bernadotte, Napoleon's Field Marshal, and his wife, Desire, was
>Napoleon's mistress. Their son married the daughter of Prince Eugene,
>Napoleon's step-son by the Empress Josephene. It is no mystery where French
>influence came in, just why they followed the Salic law.
Carl XIV was adopted by an aging childless King of Sweden. As far as I know
Desire Clary never was the mistress of Napoleon. Her sister married Napoleon's
brother Joseph, Napoleon became engaged to Desire but married Josephine.
As Bernadotte was adopted into an existing Royal family the Salic Law
was simply continued.
Leo van de Pas
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