|Birth: ||Jul. 31, 1773|
|Death: ||Jan. 15, 1835|
Thérésia Cabarrus, wife of the French revolutionary Jean-Lambert Tallien (1767-1820).
Born Juana María Ignazia Teresa de Cabarrús y Galabert in Carabanchel Alto, Madrid, Spain to a French banker. knighted in 1789 by the Spanish king.
As from 1778, Thérésa was raised in France by nuns. In 1788, her father arranged a marriage with the Marquis de Fontenay. Shortly after the birth of a son, Thérésa's husband fled France at the outbreak of the Revolution in 1789. She obtained divorce in 1791 and took refuge in Bordeaux, where she was arrested as the former wife of an émigré aristocrat. She met Tallien, then Commissary of the National Convention, who saved her from the guillotine, and became his mistress. When Tallien was recalled to Paris, they married on 26 December 1794. Some moths later, their daughter Thermidor Tallien (1795–1862) was born. Her husband joined the conspiracy to oust Robespierre in July 1794.
Thérésa became one of the leaders of the Parisian social life. Her salon was famous and she was one of the originators of the Neo-Grec women's fashion of the French Directory period.
Tallien's power waned and he and Thérésa divorced in 1802. After a brief flirtation with Napoleon, she moved first to the powerful Paul Barras, then to the millionaire speculator Gabriel-Julien Ouvrard (with whom she had four children). Finally, she married François-Joseph-Philippe de Riquet, Comte de Caraman, in August 1805. De Riquet had become the sixteenth Prince of Chimay after the death of his childless uncle in 1804. Thérésa spent the rest of her life first in Paris, then on the Chimay estates (as from 1815 Dutch territory, since 1830 Belgium).
Thérésa died in Chimay, where she was interred with François-Joseph de Riquet under the sacristy of the local church where a memorial stands to her memory.
During her various marriages and relations she bore ten children, including Joseph de Riquet, first son of François-Joseph-Philippe, who became the seventeenth Prince of Chimay in 1843.
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Record added: Feb 12, 2011
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