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Image: Figures from history of France as Bourbon Dynasty, republic and empire.

Portrait length color image of Louise de LaValliere, by George Stuart.
Text: Signature image of Louise de LaValliere, by George Stuart.

From Innocent Teenager in Love With the King to a Convent!

Louise was the young King Louis XIV’s first official mistress. Her first child by Louis was born just before he married the Spanish enfanta Maria Theresa, and she would bear Louis five children in all. She was used by Louis to cover his other affairs, and the strain of the scandals caused her health to suffer. After several attempts, she was finally allowed to leave court, and became a Carmelite nun in 1675. She died in 1710 having spent the last half of her life counseling others.

Full length color image of Louise de LaValliere, by George Stuart.

Left close up color image of Louise de LaValliere, by George Stuart.

Right closup color image of Louise de LaValliere, by George Stuart.

Portrait by artist-historian George Stuart.
Courtesy NMA.

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