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Re: Pregnant dowagers
User logged in as Eleonore
Based on the website of the late Leo van de Pas, the child did not live. Leopoldine did marry her lover in 1804 and they had three children. https://www.genealogics.org/getperson.php?personID=I00002347&tree=LEO
One of the descendants of Leopoldine is Count Riprand von Arco-Zinneberg who married Archduchess Maria Beatrix of Austria-Este, a sister of Archduke Lorenz, husband of Princess Astrid of Belgium.
Did the child live? How well known was the situation?
I'm reminded of the questionable paternity surrounding the famous composer Richard Wagner. Although he was not a posthumous child, he was only six months old when his purported father, Carl Friedrich, died. Shortly afterward, his mother remarried with her husband's friend, Ludwig Geyer, who very likely was her lover even before she became a widow.
Given the circumstances, Richard was led to believe that his mother's second husband was, in fact, his biological father, even though he was nominally the youngest child of her first husband. Indeed, until the age of 14, he was actually known as Wilhelm Richard Geyer.
Wheen in bavaria in 1799 the Elector Karl theodor died his widow Leopoldin3e was pregnant but it was not from him but from her lover and furute second husband Count Arco.
Therefore when asked she denied that she was pregnant