Madame De Maintenon: Uncrowned Queen Of France

This most recent portrait in Miss Haldane s gallery of famous and infamous women behind the scenes of history offers a scrutinizing close up of Louis XIV s uncrowned queen An elusive and controversial figure, Madame de Maintenon became at the age of forty eight the morganatic wife of the Sun King Born Francoise d Aubigne, she was deserted by her father, shunted betweenThis most recent portrait in Miss Haldane s gallery of famous and infamous women behind the scenes of history offers a scrutinizing close up of Louis XIV s uncrowned queen An elusive and controversial figure, Madame de Maintenon became at the age of forty eight the morganatic wife of the Sun King Born Francoise d Aubigne, she was deserted by her father, shunted between aunts of opposing religions, indigent and dependent upon aristocratic connections To escape the fate of the nunnery, Francoise married the deformed satirist Scarron In his salon she met the literati of the court and developed her own precieuse leanings When widowed, Francoise had friends to secure her the charge of Louis XIV s bastard children, produced by his femme fertile for twelve years, the glamorous Madame de Montespan Loyal and virtuous, Francoise was rewarded with the title and estate of Maintenon After the death of his Spanish wife, Louis chose this somewhat obscure personage to rule with him in his remaining thirty five years Pieced from the remnants of Francoise mountainous correspondence 60,000 letters , libelous forgeries and the contradictory criticism of her contemporaries, this well balanced biography, better focused than Miss Haldane s earlier works, proves fascinating in parts by nature of its enigmatic subject and Madame s rarefied insight into the last great reign of a Divine Right monarch.
Madame De Maintenon Uncrowned Queen Of France This most recent portrait in Miss Haldane s gallery of famous and infamous women behind the scenes of history offers a scrutinizing close up of Louis XIV s uncrowned queen An elusive and controversial

  • Title: Madame De Maintenon: Uncrowned Queen Of France
  • Author: Charlotte Haldane
  • ISBN: 9780094557505
  • Page: 139
  • Format: Hardcover
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