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Maria Ana
Duchess of Chablais
Spouse Benedetto, Duke of Chablais
Full name
Italian: Maria Ana Carlota Gabriela di Savoia
House House of Savoy
Father Victor Amadeus III of Sardinia
Mother Maria Antonietta of Spain
Born 17 December 1757(1757-12-17)
Royal Palace of Turin, Turin, Italy
Died 11 October 1824 (aged 66)
Turin, Italy
Burial Basilica of Superga

Maria Ana of Savoy, Duchess of Chablais (Maria Ana Carlota Gabriela; 17 December, 1757 – 11 October, 1824) was a Princess of Savoy by birth. At the age of 16, she married her paternal uncle and became the Duchess of Chablais. She died childless in 1824 aged 66.

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Born to the Prince and Princess of Piedmont at the Royal Palace of Turin, she was the couples sixth child and fourth daughter. Her sisters included the future "grand daughters in law" of Louis XV of France, Princess Maria Giuseppina, who married the future Louis XVIII of France in 1771 and Princess Maria Teresa, wife of the future Charles X of France, married in 1773. Her sisters brother in law was Louis XVI of France. Another sister Maria Carolina married Anthony of Saxony but died of smallpox in 1782 never being Queen of Saxony.

Her brothers included the last three kings of Sardinia from the mainline; the future Charles Emmanuel IV, Victor Emmanuel I and Charles Felix of Sardinia.

After the marriages of her older sisters to French Princes, Maria Ana was herself married to her uncle, Prince Benedetto of Savoy, Duke of Chablais, son of Charles Emmanuel III of Sardinia and his last wife, the French Elisabeth Therese of Lorraine.

She had good relationships with her Savoyard in law's, the French Princess Clothilde, Princess of Piedmont and the Austrian Maria Theresa, Duchess of Aosta.

The marriage produced no children even though uncle and niece had a happy marriage. Noted as a good soldier[1] Chablais was given control of the Army of Italy which contained French troops and intended on restoring the monarchy in France after the execution of Louis XVI in 1793[2]. He took part in the Battle of Loano.

Her husband died in 1808. In 1820 Maria Ana bought the Villa Rufinella in Frascati having bought the property from Lucien Bonaparte. She herself died in Turin in 1824 aged 66 during the reign of her childless brother Charles Felix of Sardinia. She was buried at the Basilica of Superga overlooking Turin.

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References and notes

  1. ^ Artemont. Louis Leopold d', A Sister of Louis XVI; Marie-Clotilde de france, queen of Sardinia (1759-1802), London, London, 1911, pg.86
  2. ^ Louis XVI's sister Clotilde de France was wife of Charles Emmanuel IV and queen consort since October 1796

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