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Written by Isabelle M
(1/31/2010 2:12 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, What strikes me..., penned by Line
Because 12 days after the birth, Elizabeth was probably considered quite safe. AFAIK eclampsia or puerperal fever would strike within a week of the confinement, and in fact it is possible that Elizabeth's death was not a direct consequence of the birth.
In fact (looking back), Elizabeth's health and/or looks are mentioned in every letter of this group read so far, except the second. This seems to indicate real concern, and with reason. A pregnancy was always dangerous, especially in this case: she was having her 11th child in 15 years!
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