|Louis le Grand Dauphin|
The Duc de Bougogne had genuinely loved his wife and was devastated at her death. By now the fear of infection (it was almost impossible not to catch it given the hygiene) had spread and the court hastily moved on to the Château de Marly. But the worst had already occurred and the Duc de Bougogne also fell ill with smallpox. He had contracted the illness because he refused to leave his wife's side in her last moments and was now to pay the ultimate price. Now he himself was the patient and just six days later he would also be dead. The couple was buried together at the Basilisk de Saint Denis.
The now dead Duc de Bougogne and Marie Adélaïde had two sons: the Duc de Bretagne (Brittany) and the Duc d'Anjou. The epidemic was not over yet. Both boys were baptised immediately for fear that they may die before having been accepted into the realm of God. And once more the worst fears of the court were confirmed: both boys had contracted the illness. The eldest son - and recently declared Dauphin of France - the Duc de Bretagne was bled but in vain. He died on 8 March 1712 just a month after his parents. Now there was only the infant the Duc d'Anjou left. What on earth was that saved this little boy from sharing the same fate of his family?
|Madame de Ventadour|
And if you wonder what happened to Madame de Ventadour, she continued as the young Dauphin's governess till 1717.