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Catalog: Index of Marriage Contracts with List of Signers, 1607-1734
Collection Description & Creator Information
The collection consists of 32 bound volumes, each containing an original, French, royal marriage contract with supplementary biographical sketches and portraits of the witnesses who signed the contracts, collected by Brown (Princeton Class of 1958). The contracts span the years 1607-1846, from the reign of Marie de Medicis to Louis Philippe, linking various members of the King' and Queen's courts and the noble houses in France (i.e., House of Bourbon), such as the marriage of Antoine Potier to Anne d'Aumont (1620) and Louis, Marquis de Vieuville, to Marie Fouquet de Belleisle (1722). Many of the contracts were signed by the reigning sovereigns and other nobility, such as Louis XIII, Louis XIV, Louis XV, Louis XVI, Louis XVIII, Charles X, Napoleon Bonaparte, Marie Antoinette, Philippe, Duc d'Orleans, Anne of Austria, Marie de Medicis, Armand Jean du Plessis, Duc de Richelieu, and Henri Jules de Bourbon.
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The collection is open for research.
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Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.
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Catalog: Index of Marriage Contracts with List of Signers; Francis C. Brown Collection of French Royal Marriage Contracts, C0610, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
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- Anne, Queen, consort of Louis XIII, King of France, 1601-1666
Bourbon, House of
Charles X, King of France, 1757-1836
Louis XIII, King of France, 1601-1643
Louis XIV, King of France, 1638-1715
Louis XV, King of France, 1710-1774
Louis XVI, King of France, 1754-1793
Louis XVIII, King of France, 1755-1824
Marie Antoinette, Queen, consort of Louis XVI, King of France, 1755-1793
Marie de Medicis, Queen, consort of Henry IV, King of France, 1755-1642
Napoléon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821