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|Maria Czartoryska Wirtemberska|
Maria Czartoryska Wirtemberska by Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun, 1793
Maria Anna Princess Czartoryska, Duchess von Württemberg-Montbéliard
March 15, 1768|
|Died||October 21, 1854
|Spouse(s)||Duke Louis of Württemberg|
|Father||Adam Kazimierz Czartoryski|
Maria Wirtemberska, also known as Maria Anna Princess Czartoryska, Duchess von Württemberg-Montbéliard (March 15, 1768, Warsaw – October 21, 1854, Paris), was a Polish noble lady, writer, and philanthropist.
Maria Anna was a daughter of Prince Adam Kazimierz Czartoryski and Countess Izabela von Flemming . She spent her childhood in the Blue Palace in Warsaw and Powązki. In 1782 she moved with her parents to Puławy.
Since 1784 to 1793 Maria was married to Duke Louis of Württemberg, who became the Hetman of the Lithuanian Army in the 1792 war against Russia. Maria divorced him when his betrayal of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth became known. Maria's only son, Duke Adam of Württemberg, remained with his father and was raised in an atmosphere prejudiced against his mother and Poland.
Following her divorce, Maria lived mostly in Warsaw, and since 1798 to 1804 spent winters in Vienna and summers at Puławy. Between 1808-1816 she hosted her literary salon in Warsaw (Blue Saturdays). Her guests included Julian Ursyn Niemcewicz. She attended meetings of the Xs Society (Towarzystwo Iksów). In 1816 she published Malvina, or the Heart's Intuition, considered Poland's first psychological novel.
Charmed with the picturesque village of Pilica she bought it and remodelled its landscape garden. She built a palace and a Catholic church. The park in Pilica was considered among the most beautiful in Europe, and rivalled other parks in Poland: Powązki (established by Maria's mother) and Helena Radziwiłł's Arkadia. Maria hired Franciszek Lessel as her land agent.
Maria Wirtemberska was an active philanthropist. She provided education and published calendars for the peasants.
- Malvina, or the Heart's Intuition, 1816 (English translation by Ursula Phillips published by Northern Illinois University Press, 2012 ISBN 978-0875804507)
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Marynka's Palace, Puławy, was built for Maria by her parents
Izabela Czartoryska, née Fleming, Maria's mother
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