Pauline De Talleyrand-Perigord
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Pauline De Talleyrand-Perigord

Joséphine Pauline de Talleyrand-Périgord
Marquise de Castellane
Born(1820-12-29)29 December 1820
Paris, France
Died12 October 1890(1890-10-12) (aged 69)
Château de Rochecotte
Noble familyTalleyrand-Périgord
(m. 1839; died 1847)
FatherEdmond de Talleyrand-Périgord
MotherPrincess Dorothea of Courland

Joséphine Pauline de Talleyrand-Périgord, Marquise de Castellane (29 December 1820  – 12 October 1890) was a French noblewoman.

Early life

Joséphine Pauline was born in Paris on 29 December 1820. She was the third legitimate child of the Edmond de Talleyrand-Périgord, the 2nd Duke of Dino and Princess Dorothea of Courland, the Duchess of Dino.[1] She is often thought to have in fact been fathered by Edmund's uncle, Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, prince of Bénévent. She grew up in Talleyrand's hôtel particulier on rue Saint-Florentin, was nicknamed "angel of the house" and "my dear Minette" by him, and held a great affection for him throughout her life.[2]

Her siblings were Louis de Talleyrand-Périgord, 3rd Duke of Talleyrand, Duke of Valençay (father of Boson de Talleyrand-Périgord), Dorothée de Talleyrand-Périgord, who died young, and Alexandre Edmond de Talleyrand-Périgord, who married Valentine de Sainte-Aldegonde (the parents of Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord).[3]

Personal life

In 1839, Pauline de Talleyrand-Périgord married Henri de Castellane (1814-1847), eldest son of the marshal de Castellane.[4] Together, they were the parents of:

Widowed in 1847, she spent the rest of her life at the château de Rochecotte (Indre-et-Loire), which she was given by her mother. A great friend of Félix Dupanloup, bishop of Orléans, she lived a simple and devout life until her death on 12 October 1890.


Through her daughter, she was the grandmother of Prince Jerzy "Georg" Radziwill (1860-1914), Princess Elisabeth Radziwill (1861-1950), Princess Helena Radziwill (1874-1958), and Prince Stanislas Radziwill (1880-1920).[7]

Through her son Antoine, she was the grandmother of Boni de Castellane who was known as a leading Belle Époque tastemaker and the first husband of American railroad heiress Anna Gould (the daughter of Jay Gould) on 14 March 1895 in New York City. They divorced in 1906, after de Castellane had spent about $10 million of the money given to Anna by her father upon marriage, Anna married his cousin, Hélie de Talleyrand-Périgord, Duc de Sagan, 5th duc de Talleyrand, in 1908.[8][9] She was also the grandmother of Jean de Castellane (1868-1965) who in 1898 married Dolly de Talleyrand, Jacques (1870-1876), who died young, and Stanislas de Castellane (1875-1959) who married Natalia Terry y Sanchez (sister of architect Emilio Terry) in 1901.[10]


  1. ^ de), Louise-Eléonore-Charlotte-Adélaide d'Osmond Boigne (comtesse (1907). Récits d'une tante: Mémoires de la comtesse de Boigne née d'Osmond (in French). Plon-Nourrit et cie.
  2. ^ Ganzl, Kurt (2017). Victorian Vocalists. Routledge. p. 1648. ISBN 9781351593656.
  3. ^ "Napoléon-Louis Talleyrand-Périgord (1811-1898) - Author - Resources from the BnF". Biblitheque nationale de France. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ Beau, André (1998). Talleyrand: l'apogée du sphinx : la Monarchie de Juillet (in French). Royer. pp. 171, 184, 221. ISBN 9782908670486.
  5. ^ Radziwill (Fürstin), Marie Dorothea Elisabeth de Castellane; Robilant, Mario Antonio Nicolis di (1934). Lettres de la princesse Radziwill au général de Robilant, 1889-1914: 1908-1914 (in French). N. Zanichelli.
  6. ^ Mension-Rigau, Eric (2011). L'ami du prince: Journal inédit d'Alfred de Gramont (1892-1915) (in French). Fayard. p. 60. ISBN 9782213665023.
  7. ^ McNaughton, Arnold (1973). The Book of Kings: A Royal Genealogy. Garnstone Press. ISBN 9780900391194.
  8. ^ "Duchesse de Talleyrand Is Dead. Youngest Daughter of Jay Gould". The New York Times. 30 November 1961. Retrieved 2008.
  9. ^ "Marriage annulled". Time. 21 July 1924. Retrieved 2008. The religious marriage of Boniface Marquis de Castellane, to Anna Gould (daughter of the late Jay Gould), in 1895; at the Vatican, by Pope Pius XI. She divorced Boniface in Paris in 1906, in 1908 married (in London) Hélie de Talleyrand-Périgord, later the fifth Due de Talleyrand.
  10. ^ Erbe, Günter (2015). Das vornehme Berlin: Fürstin Marie Radziwill und die großen Damen der Gesellschaft 1871-1918 (in German). Böhlau Verlag Köln Weimar. p. 272. ISBN 9783412224578.

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