A pillar of strength and stability in a period of travail.
Mme. Françoise d’Aubigné de Maintenon (1635-1719) entered the French court as a governess. She eventually became Louis XIV’s mistress and then his second wife, but never his queen. She was the most powerful influence on Louis’ in his mature years. She established the St. Cyr School for the daughters of impoverished noblemen.