The Ugly Duchess Madame The Widow


Genome: [r4 Bd=19700626]

Second of two programmes in which Miriam Karlin reads from the letters of the Duchess of Orleans, the German wife of ' Monsieur,' younger brother of the Sun King, Louis XIV. Compiled by TERENCE COOPER Introduced by CORMAC RIGBY

Throughout her 50 years at the French Court this tough and witty German Princess was known by the grand title of ' Madame.' Her letters are among the most extraordinary documents about European Court life in existence.

' I am sure that you have not as many wrinkles as I have... but they don'worry me in the least. Since I have never been beautiful I have not lost much. Madame de Montespan has a skin like a piece of paper that children have played with, folding and unfolding it.'



Unknown: Miriam Karlin

Unknown: Terence Cooper

Introduced By: Cormac Rigby

Unknown: Madame de Montespan

Produced By: Hallam Tennyson