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Godoy y Borbón, Carlota Luisa de

Spanish, 1800 - 1886

Carlota María was the only child of María Teresa de Borbón y Villabriga [1779-1828] and Manuel Godoy. María Teresa was the daughter of the Infante Don Luis de Borbón [1727-1785], younger brother of Charles III, and his wife María Teresa de Vallabriga y Rozcas. The Infante, forced to relinquish his ecclesiastic career due to his scandalous behavior, further alienated his family upon his marriage to a woman of less than noble rank. For this reason, the Infante and his family were not allowed in Madrid, and the children were prohibited from using the family name Borbón. When her father the Infante died in 1785, the young María Teresa was place in a convent in Toledo where the archbishop supervised her education. In 1797 she married Manuel Godoy, duque de Alcudia y de Sueca, first minister to Charles IV from 1792-1798 and 1802-1808. At the time of their marriage it was speculated that the king and queen pressured María Teresa to take Godoy as her husband to improve his position. María benefitted as well from the union, as she and her brother, and their progeny, regained the right to the Borbón family name and the titles of their father the Infante. Godoy was removed from office during a coup d'état in 1808; María Teresa left him at this time. In 1803 María had assumed the title of Condesa de Chinchón, which her brother had renounced; her daughter Carlota inherited this title.
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