Name: Amalie Zephyrine
Given Name: Amalie Zephyrine
Amalie Zephyrine of Salm-Kyrburg (Paris, 6 March 1760 – Sigmaringen,17 October 1841) was a daughter of fürst Philip Joseph of Salm-Kyrburg(first prince of Salm-Kyrburg) and Maria Theresa of Hornes, eldestdaughter and heiress of Maximilian, Prince of Hornes. She was theireighth child.
In 1782, on her parents' request, she married erbprinz Anton Aloysiusof Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. Her new home city was not to her taste,however, and three weeks after the birth of her son Karel she returnedin 1785 to her native city of Paris. There her brother, who wouldbecome prince Frederik III, was busy with the building of the Hôtel deSalm as the Paris residence of the Salm-Kyrburg family and a gatheringplace for many members of the high nobility. During the FrenchRevolution, her brother Frederick III and her lover Alexandre deBeauharnais were guillotined, but Amalie Zephyrine knew how to survivethe Revolution. In 1797, she bought the cemetery in which her brotherand lover had been buried in a mass tomb. Despite everything, theprincess maintained good relations with a number of influentialfigures of the Revolution, as Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand andJoséphine de Beauharnais, widow of her lover Alexandre and later wifeof Napoleon Bonaparte.
A few years later Amalie Zephyrine successfully used her contacts atthe court of Napoleon to broker the Mediatisation ofHohenzollern-Sigmaringen and Hohenzollern-Hechingen. She also becameguardian to her nephew Frederick IV of Salm-Kyrburg (1789-1859) duringhis minority, who had become the prince of Salm-Kyrburg in 1794 afterhis father's downfall.
After twenty years in Paris the princess returned in 1822 toHohenzollern-Sigmaringen, where she first lived in an annex of theformer monastery Inzigkofen and later on in a residence calledPrinzenbau, that her husband had built for her at Sigmaringen. A cliffface in the Donautal in Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen is named theAmalienfelsen after her.
Father: Philip Joseph b: 1709
Mother: Marie Therese Josepha b: 19 OCT 1725
- Charles Aloysius b: 20 FEB 1785
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