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The scientific testing on the remains of the mysterious “Dark Countess” has finally been completed. The testing, which including DNA testing, concluded that the woman was not Marie Thérèse Charlotte, the daughter of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, despite persistent rumors to the contrary.
Her real identity is not yet known, although further research may now be done in an attempt to uncover her real identity.
More information about the scientific research done on the remains and a documentary (in German) can be  viewed at MDR.
[image: the grave of the Dark Countess, credit: MDR/Bernhard Großmann]

The scientific testing on the remains of the mysterious “Dark Countess” has finally been completed. The testing, which including DNA testing, concluded that the woman was not Marie Thérèse Charlotte, the daughter of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, despite persistent rumors to the contrary.

Her real identity is not yet known, although further research may now be done in an attempt to uncover her real identity.

More information about the scientific research done on the remains and a documentary (in German) can be  viewed at MDR.

[image: the grave of the Dark Countess, credit: MDR/Bernhard Großmann]

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An upcoming historical fiction novel from Scholastic Press:
Synopsis (via Amazon.com)

When Marie-Thérèse Charlotte of France learns of the powerful rebellion sweeping her country, the sheltered princess is determined to see the revolution for herself. Switching places with a chambermaid, the princess sneaks out of the safety of the royal palace and into the heart of a city in strife.
Soon the princess is brushing shoulders with revolutionaries and activists. One boy in particular, Henri, befriends her and has her questioning the only life she’s known. When the princess returns to the palace one night to find an angry mob storming its walls, she’s forced into hiding in Paris. Henri brings her to the workshop of one Mademoiselle Grosholtz, whose wax figures seem to bring the famous back from the dead, and who looks at Marie-Thérèse as if she can see all of her secrets. There, the princess quickly discovers there’s much more to the outside world - and to the mysterious woman’s wax figures - than meets the eye.

An upcoming historical fiction novel from Scholastic Press:

Synopsis (via Amazon.com)

When Marie-Thérèse Charlotte of France learns of the powerful rebellion sweeping her country, the sheltered princess is determined to see the revolution for herself. Switching places with a chambermaid, the princess sneaks out of the safety of the royal palace and into the heart of a city in strife.

Soon the princess is brushing shoulders with revolutionaries and activists. One boy in particular, Henri, befriends her and has her questioning the only life she’s known. When the princess returns to the palace one night to find an angry mob storming its walls, she’s forced into hiding in Paris. Henri brings her to the workshop of one Mademoiselle Grosholtz, whose wax figures seem to bring the famous back from the dead, and who looks at Marie-Thérèse as if she can see all of her secrets. There, the princess quickly discovers there’s much more to the outside world - and to the mysterious woman’s wax figures - than meets the eye.

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Your situation is so brilliant that people must envy you, and they will waste no opportunity to harm you; you must therefore behave very cautiously. Since, my dear daughter, I think of nothing but your happiness, I wish I could ensure it even at the cost of my life.

Maria Theresa to Marie Antoinette, 3 April 1774

[translation: Olivier Bernier, Secrets of Marie Antoinette]

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