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Anne Marie Martinozzi

Anne Marie Martinozzi

The basics
Date of birth Rome, Province of Rome, Lazio, Italy
Date of death Feb 04, 1672 Paris, Île-de-France, France
Mother: Laura Margherita Mazzarini
Children: François Louis, Prince of Conti Louis Armand I, Prince of Conti
Sister(s): Laura Martinozzi
Spouse: Armand de Bourbon, Prince of Conti
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The details

Anne Marie Martinozzi, Princess of Conti (1637 – 4 February 1672) was a French aristocrat and court official. She was a niece of King Louis XIV of France's chief minister Cardinal Mazarin, and the wife of Armand de Bourbon, Prince of Conti. She became the mother of the libertine François Louis, Prince of Conti, le Grand Conti. Her marriage to the Prince of Conti made her a princesse du Sang. She served as Surintendante de la Maison de la Reine for the queen dowager, Anne of Austria, between 1657 and 1666.


Anna Maria Martinozzi was born in Rome to Girolamo Martinozzi and Laura Margherita Mazzarini, the daughter of Pietro Mazzarini and the elder sister of Jules Mazarin, who was Cardinal and Prime Minister during the minority of Louis XIV of France.

She and her younger sister Laura were brought to France by her uncle, as were her maternal cousins, the Mancini sisters: Laura, Marie, Olympe, Hortense, and Marie Anne. The seven nieces of Cardinal Mazarin came to be known as the Mazarinettes by the French court. Mazarin managed to secure advantageous marriages for all of them. Her niece was Mary of Modena, future Queen of England.

In 1654, she married Armand de Bourbon, Prince of Conti (1629–1666). The marriage took place at the Palais du Louvre 22 February 1654.

She acted as the godmother by proxy to le Grand Dauphin for Henrietta Maria of France, the dauphins own aunt (24 March 1668).

Anne Marie died in Paris at the Hôtel de Conti; she was aged roughly 35. She never saw the birth of her first grandchild Marie Anne de Bourbon.


She had three children, two of whom reached adulthood:

  • Louis de Bourbon (Hôtel de Conti, 6 September 1658 - Hôtel de Conti, 14 September 1658)
  • Louis Armand de Bourbon, Prince of Conti (Hôtel de Conti, 4 April 1661- Palace of Fontainebleau 9 November 1685)
    • married Marie Anne de Bourbon, his cousin, in 1680.
    • died childless at age 24; title passed to younger brother.
  • François Louis de Bourbon, Prince of Conti (Hôtel de Conti, 30 April 1664 - Hôtel de Conti, 22 February 1709)
    • married Marie Thérèse de Bourbon in 1680; the couple were the titular monarchs of Poland in 1697.
    • had three legitimate children who survived infancy; only one of them, his only son, Louis Armand II, had children.
    • had multiple affairs with both men and women; most notably with Louise-Françoise de Bourbon, wife of Louis III, Prince of Condé, who was the eldest illegitimate daughter of Louis XIV and Madame de Montespan. Marie Anne de Bourbon, the daughter of Louise-Françoise de Bourbon was thought to have been the fruit of this affair.
    • descendants include: Louis-Philippe I, King of the French; the present-day pretenders to the throne of France and Italy; and the kings of Spain and Belgium.

Titles and styles

  • 1637 – 22 February 1654 Lady Anna Maria Martinozzi
  • 22 February 1654 - 21 February 1666 Her Serene Highness the Princess of Conti (Madame la Princesse de Conti)
  • 21 February 1666 – 4 February 1672 Her Serene Highness the Dowager Princess of Conti (Madame la Princesse de Conti douairière)


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