“The story you are about to see takes place many hundreds of years ago but, despite what you might have read, the past is not a prologue. History offers us not a context, but a lens, a lesson for our present and a vision of our future. (…)And although this is a story of the men of yesterday, doubt not that, in this moment, in this very space, they live again, reborn, reaching out over the centuries to show us all that, as the sands of our lives dwindle and vanish, we are all of us making history, here and now.”
The funeral of Maria Teresa Rafaela of Spain, Dauphine of France. She was the first wife of Louis Ferdinand, the only surviving son of Louis XV.
She died three days after giving birth to a daughter, Marie Therese, who only lived for a year. Louis was forced to remarry immediately after his wife’s death in order to provide an heir to the throne.
Prognathism is well recorded as a trait of several historical individuals. The most famous case is that of the House of Habsburg, among whom mandibular prognathism was a family trait; indeed, the condition is frequently called “Habsburg Jaw” as a result of its centuries-long association with the family. Among the Habsburgs, the most prominent case of mandibular prognathism is that of Charles II of Spain, who had prognathism so pronounced he could neither speak clearly nor chew as a result of generations of politically motivated inbreeding.