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The Coach of Marie Louise

Discussion in 'Lounge' started by Mirofsoft, Apr 28, 2021.

  1. Mirofsoft A Fixture

    When Marie-Louise had to flew from France in 1814, she took with her a great part of Napleon assets .
    She had, in a hurry, to leave a part of her retinues coaches, in Chartres, including this one just rediscovered in the outbuildings of a country house near chartre, identified by the coat of arms inside and some letters left in the coach

    coach matir louise (2).jpg

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  2. Ferris A Fixture

    Love this kind story. The closest we get to time travel!
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  3. samson Well-Known Member

    Great stuff thanks for sharing this ,,, coincidentally I am learning about this period now . Anyway way to translate the article to English ?
  4. Plastic Max Member

    "Anyway way to translate the article to English ?" Type French to English into the search bar in Google, then highlight the text from the article, copy and paste that into the Google translator... Voila! Bob's your uncle.
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  5. Ferris A Fixture

    Pierre Dampierre still cannot believe it. The historian of a small town not far from Chartres was called by an owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, to reveal an incredible historical discovery to him.
    Indeed the happy discoverer, heir to a family home, had undertaken to rid several outbuildings of his numerous cumbersome.
    It was during this big spring cleaning that he came across a carriage, hidden under a tangle of planks, old fabrics and cobwebs.
    It was when he discovered the emblazoned panel of the door that he understood that his discovery was worthy of a treasure.
    With the help of Professor Dampierre, combined with the discovery of several papers still present in a small secret box, they were able to formally identify the owner of the coach and trace its history.
    In 1814 France was invaded by many allied countries, the Empress Marie Louise fled Paris with the Imperial court. During her flight she had no other choice but to abandon a large part of the Imperial crews, including a coach from the coronation of Napoleon, on the forecourt of Chartres Cathedral.
    Outside the uncovered coach is none other than one of the cars making up the Empress's procession and the papers found inside show that it was that of Marie Louise in person.
    History does not reveal why this coach remained hidden in this house for so long, but Mr Dampierre is only at the very beginning of his research.
    We can bet that this discovery is the beginning of a great story that will go beyond the limits of our region.

    Chartres History
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  6. blaster Well-Known Member

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  7. samson Well-Known Member

    Thank you all ,,, thank you Ferris for taking the time really interesting story to me ,,,, thanks plastic max for the process it will come in handy in the future . Actually just tried it after your secon explanation and it worked great . Thanks again everyone
  8. Airkid PlanetFigure Supporter

    The "barn find" of the century! How good is that?

  9. Nap A Fixture

    Now that's a impressive find " lying around" ....doesn't everyone have a Napoleonic coach in the barn!!....WOW!!?

    Wonder what documents were found ?

    Amazing find

  10. fogie A Fixture

    A terrific thread...well done !!!

  11. Larsen E. Whipsnade PlanetFigure Supporter

    Making history come alive! How cool is that?
  12. Wayneb A Fixture

    I confess.... I'm not a full blown history buff unless it's regarding a piece I'm working on. So let me get this straight. Marie Louise ripped off Napoleon and got away with it. Am I close..?

  13. fogie A Fixture

    Not even close I'm afraid Wayne :happy:

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  14. Wayneb A Fixture

    Not even close?......Thanks for the compliment Mike......Back to school I must go....

  15. fogie A Fixture

    Nothing personal, Wayne...it was not my intention to offend. I think it's more accurate
    to regard Marie-Louise as a bit of a victim or sacrificial pawn in the politics behind her
    husband's first abdication. It's suggested, for example, that she left Paris at the Emperor's
    expressed order, rather than just doing a runner with all the money....arguable I suppose,
    but more likely than not. Later as the politics kicked in, she and her son (King of Rome)
    certainly became pawns in a power game.

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  16. Wayneb A Fixture

    No problem Mike....just a bit of self deprecating humor..........thanks for the little bit of historical info..

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