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Caroline Ferdinande Louise Berry, duchesse de

Berry, Caroline Ferdinande Louise, duchesse de (kärôlēnˈ fĕrdēnäNd lwēz, düshĕsˈ də bĕrēˈ) [key], 1798–1870, wife of the French prince, Charles Ferdinand, duc de Berry; daughter of Francis I of the Two Sicilies. She went into exile from France after the overthrow of King Charles X, her father-in-law. Returning secretly in 1832, she organized a small, unsuccessful uprising in an attempt to win the throne for Berry's posthumous son, Henri, later known as the comte de Chambord. For these activities she was imprisoned. However, when it became obvious that the duchesse was pregnant, she was forced to reveal her secret second marriage to an Italian count. This marriage alienated her royalist supporters, and the French government released her from prison.

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