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The Secret Wife of Louis XIV: Francoise d'Aubigne, Madame de Maintenon
 
 
Author
Veronica Buckley.
Publisher Picador  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.25 x 6.5 x 0.95 inches
ISBN 9780312430054
Pages/Publication Date 528/2010
Daedalus Item Code 21715
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Françoise d'Aubigné—Marquise de Maintenon and secret wife of the Sun King, Louis XIV—was born in a French prison in 1635, her father a condemned traitor, her mother the warden's seduced daughter. A timely pardon and a Caribbean colonial venture failed to mend the family's fortunes, and Françoise was reduced to begging in the streets. And yet, with her beauty, intellect, and shrewd judgment, as Veronica Buckley chronicles in this vivid biography, Françoise made her way to the center of power at Versailles, first as a widowed governess to the children of the king and his mistress Athénaïs de Montespan, then as his mistress herself, and finally as his wife.

"[Veronica] Buckley trains her intent gaze on 17th-century France—from the civil and religious wars that plagued the Bourbons to lively Parisian salons—offering a graceful, vivid portrait of a woman of intelligence and dignity."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 
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