|Louis Armand - there is no hint|
of a hunched back in this portrait
But then it went wrong. As said, Louise's affair was well-known to most of the courtier - but not to Louis Armand. He discovered the affair and became so enraged that he physically attacked his wife to such a degree that a doctor had to be called twice. Louise would then live at her mother's house in Paris. So far the marriage had resulted in a son and another one would be born in 1717 but the newly born boy was not received well by either parents. Louis Armand proclaimed that he would not acknowledge the child because it could not be his own while Louise Élisabeth said that she too had denounced the child because it was his. At court Louis was popular with Louis XIV who liked the Prince and even with the Regent Philippe II. Louis would expand his already large fortune by working with John Law.
The marriage was so stormy that the couple was called to several court hearings in Paris. In 1725 Louise Élisabeth agreed to return to her husband and consequently Louis sent her away in "exile" to the Château de l'isle-Adam. He would only let her back to Paris when she was to give birth to the couple's only daughter. As a sign of his good standing with the Regent, Louis became a member of the Regent Council and the Council of War. To this was added the title of Governor of Poitou that came with an annual fee of 45.000 livres. When the War of the Spanish Succession broke out Louis was to be found on the battlefield but he had not inherited the skills of his father.
In 1727 Louis Armand died at the Hôtel de Conti at 31 years old.