Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Naundorff, the Lost Crown Prince Case

Part two of a biography of Karl Wilhelm Naundorff: many believed until recently he was the one and only true Crown Prince of France, Louis XVII, who had not died during the darkest days of the French Revolution, but miraculously survived the Temple prison… In fact, Naundorff was a swindler, as was proven not so long ago…

Was Louis XVII still alive? The son of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, who were beheaded during the French Revolution?  Here is: Part One of the Naundorff Biography - and this is Part Two:

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Madame de Rambaud, who was a true mother for the dauphin, was the most important witness who recognised Naundorff in 1834 as the son of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Agathe de Rambaud had become a widow at a very young age, after which she became the nanny of the dauphin, first at Versailles and later in the Tuileries. After she had protected the child with her own life during the most anxious days of the Revolution, she escaped from the Tuileries on 10 August 1792, while her “beloved dauphin” was taken to the Temple.
Agathe de Rambaud survived the Terror, but she did lose all will to live. She refound that courage when she met Karl Wilhelm Naundorff. Amongst other things, he was able to provide her with details about a mantle the crown prince had worn briefly for a period when he was five years old. She became one of his closest followers.
Monsieur de Brémond – the former secretary of Louis XVI – sent a letter to Madame Royale: “As servant of your honourable father, I have seen in Charles-Guillaum Naundorff the child of the Temple, your honourable brother, the duke of Normandy, and have now become his servant.”
And why did this monsieur de Brémond believe Naundorff? Because he had told him about “a secret hiding place”! There is some uncertainty about the precise nature of this hiding place and whether or not it should be located in the Tuileries or elsewhere. Several unnecessary searches had been held, so Naundorff would not have been alone in being able to know such anecdotes. It also did not necessarily have to involve an iron chest or like.

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by Patrick Bernauw

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