A fascinating document which cannot be traced in any other survival: an early biography of the deceased Princess Louise of France, composed by her fellow Carmelite Therese de Jesus, who signs the work at the end. The fact that it bears a confusing imprint (“Paris, et se trouvent [...] à Gand”) may indicate it was not officially sanctioned.
As a daughter of the philandering Louis XV, Louise was drawn to religion at an early age. Her father however, intended her for a political marriage; it was only after refusing or being rejected for any such match that she was finally allowed to enter the Carmelite convent of St Denis in Paris in 1770, at the age of 33. She was elected prioress three times before her death in 1787.