- Mar 2011
- The Carolinas
It's more likely thought and believed that Louis XIV's wife, Marie-Therese d'Espagne (or d'Autriche) was the infamous "Great Princess" who uttered those words.I'm not sure if this exactly conforms with the OP, but 'Let them eat cake' bothers me a little. Some historians insist Marie Antoinette never said that. How would they know for sure? By most accounts she was the sort of person who would have said it.
OTOH she had a lot of enemies who'd have backstabbed her with that allegation in a heartbeat, and probably said much the same thing themselves often enough.
Biographer Antonia Fraser calls the statement "callous and ignorant" and says MA was not those things, but neither was MT. She was a naive and simple woman, she was also extremely pious. So for Marie-Therese saying "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche", it was probably out of naivety rather being cruel.