The Collector
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The Collector

The Woman Behind Talleyrand

Meet the last — and probably greatest — love of Talleyrand’s life

Dorothea, Duchesse de Dino wearing a fur shawl and a row of diamonds in her brown curly hair.
Dorothea by Catherine-Caroline Thévenin, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Princess Dorothea of Courland was born in 1793, daughter of the last Duchess of Courland. Her father is a matter of dispute — a running theme in this story. Ostensibly it was Peter Biron, the senile 69-year-old Duke of Courland. But it could just as easily have been Count Alexander Batowski, her mother’s…

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Jenni Wiltz

Jenni Wiltz

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I write about fascinating royal women, their jewels, and quirky aspects of royal history no one else talks about. Find me at https://girlinthetiara.com.