The niece of Cardinal Mazarin and the first love of "The Sun King" Louis XIV of France, Maria (or Marie) was married off to an Italian prince, Lorenzo Onofrio Colonna, to seperate her from Louis XIV. By 1671, after the births of several children, Marie lived in fear for her life from her husband. Her sister Ortensia (Hortense), who had also fled her own abusive husband, helped her to flee on May 31, 1672. Taking advantage of Lorenzo Colonna being out of town, the sisters slipped out of Rome, wearing men's clothes under their dresses and carrying with them only their jewels. They took a ship to Monaco, and from there into French territory. Meanwhile, Lorenzo Colonna had sent a galley to intercept them at Marseille, as he was sure his wife would flee to France.
Marie and Hortense evaded his agents but Marie's old paramour Louis XIV refused to assist her, as she had hoped. The sisters stayed at Turin for some time, but while Hortense enjoyed the hospitality of her lover the duke of Savoy, Marie eventually departed Turin, wandering across Europe before retiring to the Spanish convent of Santo Domingo.
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