Wednesday, May 18, 2016
While I was researching my novel, The Betrothal, which is set in early 18th century New France, I learned about the daughters of the King, or Filles du Roi. You see, in the new world, especially New France, there were many more men than women. So the King of France at the time, especially chose daughters of good moral character to travel to New France and marry in order to populate the territory. The women were treated extremely well, and when they arrived, they had their choice of potential husbands among a huge number of eligible men. Good records were kept of these brave young women who did their duty by marrying and producing children. This brief video describes this fascinating 18th century program.