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Napoleon II the father of Maximilian I, Emperor of Mexico!

In a short note in the above-mentioned Member’s Bulletin, the author Stewart Luce cites a book written by a certain Joseph Duveen (title unfortunately not given) which tells of the discovery of a letter (hidden in a jewel box) which purports to be from the Duc de Reichstadt (Napoleon II) to his son!, Maximilien. The Duc de Reichstadt died in Schoenbrunn palace in Vienna on 22 July, 1832 and Maximilian I was born there on 6 July of the same year, supposedly the son of the archduke Charles and the archduchess Sophie of Austria. Jean Tulard (in Napoléon II, Fayard, 1992, p. 166) remarks that the Viennese newspapers were full of speculation about a marriage between the Duc de Reichstadt and Frédérique-Sophie, his cousin (baseless rumour), and love letters from the Aiglon to Sophie were published in 1850 by J.M. Chopin, but they are held to be false. Tulard, J., Napoléon II, Fayard, 1992


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