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King CARLO EMANUELE III of Sardinia (1701-1773)

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HSH The Duchess of Bourbon:
To put it simply, does anyone know anything about these poor unmarried princesses, daughters of Charles Emmanuel III of Sardinia and his second wife the German Polyxena Christina of Hesse-Rotenburg..?

*Princess Eleonora Maria Teresa of Savoy ( 28 February 1728 14 August 1781), unmarried.
*Princess Maria Luisa Gabriella of Savoy ( 25 March 1729 22 June 1767), a nun.
*Princess Maria Felicita of Savoy ( 19 March 1730 13 May 1801), unmarried.

Anything welcome! info, pix, little details, possible husbands, lives at court etc [also does anyone know their style - was it Royal Highness or just Highness, the Savoyard's always confuse me haha]

=] Ty

There were some pictures of the 2 of them on some other threads,but sadly not so much informations about them...Abot Maria Louisa Gabriela I know nothing...does anyone know where was she a nun?

Maria Luisa Gabriella died in the convent of Sant'Andrea of Chieri. Here ( http://www.cdbchieri.it/giornalino/cdb_informa_38/13.htm ) the convent is described as a palatial building with nice gardens and a church finished in 1733 designed by Juvarra himself! I read somewhere else that Juvarra condidered this church one of his masterpieces. The same site cited above says that the nuns that were there were of the order of saint Benedict. Of course the interesting question, still not answered is: when did she enter the convent?

Reading "Il Patriziato Subalpino" by baron Manno, one knows that princess Felicita (also called Madama Felicita) had her own court: first squires (primi scudieri), second squires (secondi scudieri), first lady-in-waiting (prima dama), aide-de-chambre (aiutante di camera).. However the years reported there are all after the death of her sister Eleonora, maybe while Eleonora was alive they shared the same court?

In the Turin Royal Palace there is now an apartement that is called of Madama Felicita, so I supposed she lived there.

Finally I found out that in 1786 she founded the "Convitto per vedove nobili e di civile condizione" (boarding for widows of noble and civil condition).
The new building she had build for that looks quite impressive and is on the Turin's hill, quite near to the Villa della Regina royal palace. Expenses for the building and the maintenance of the Convitto were largerly paid by her and by her brother.
I'm not really sure why they considered this charity, maybe because widows were considered weak people to protect from the world or maybe because the widows that were there were poor and could have a dignified life elsewhere..
Father Giovanni Battista Canaveri, confessor of the princess and probably inspirer of this work, was called to be the director. He later became bishop of some Piedmontese diocesis.
The princess had there an apartment for herself composed of an audience room, 3 rooms and 3 more little rooms one of which was a personal chapel.
She also managed to have St Felicita's relics transferred to the main chapel of the Convitto from somewhere else in Turin.
Before flewing to Rome she gave her forniture to the Convitto in an attempt of preserving it from French confiscation.
I had all this information form the site of the Convitto that nowadays is an house for elderly people.


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