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From: samsloan <>
Subject: Re: Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVII
Date: Sat, 6 Mar 2010 05:13:51 -0800 (PST)
An interesting historical concerns Marie Antoinette and her husband
and children. She did not give birth to a child during the first eight
years of her marriage in spite of pressures to do so, but then she got
pregnant six times in rapid succession. It was widely reported and
believed that she had taken a lover, Count Axel von Fersen of Sweden.
After she was executed on the guillotine, her only surviving son would
have become King Louis XVII but he died in prison two years later at
age 10. Many believed that he had not really died but had been rescued
and another boy substituted in his place. More than one hundred
pretenders emerged claiming to be the lost king.
The heart of the boy who died in prison and of his elder brother have
both been preserved. mtDNA tests on the heart of the boy who died in
prison have proven that he was either the son of Marie Antoinette or
else a close relative.
There have apparently been no reported DNA tests to prove whether or
not his father was King Louis XVI. There is a lot of reason to believe
that his real father was Count Axel von Fersen.
A book about this is "Marie Antoinette The Portrait of an Average
Woman". This book has been made into as movie. The 1938 movie stars
Norma Shearer as Marie Antoinette, Tyrone Power as Count Axel de
Fersen, John Barrymore as King Louis XV and Robert Morley as King
This was one of the most expensive and elaborate movies ever made at
that time, with period costumes. I played the movie last night. It
clearly shows a sexual relationship between Marie Antoinette and Count
Fersen to the extent that censors would allow it at that time.
I am wondering why they do not do a y-chromosome DNA test. It would
not be because it would overthrow the monarchy because the boy left no
It would solve an interesting historical question. Could it be part of
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