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Portrait length color image of Madame de Montespan aka. Françoise-Athénaïs, marquise de Montespan, by George Stuart.

Madame de Montespan

Portrait by
artist-historian George Stuart.

Courtesy Museum of Ventura County.
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Text: Signature image of Madame de Montespan aka. Françoise-Athénaïs, marquise de Montespan, by George Stuart.

A termagant who compromised her self with her own ambitions.

Mme. Françoise Athénaïs Montespan (1641-1707) was the mistress of Louis XIV. She was maid of honor to Queen Marie Thérèse, his Queen. She bore the king several children. Their education was entrusted to Mme. de Maintenon, who succeeded her in the king’s favor. Montespan was a demon in the advancement of her bastards by Louis, all of whom were given titles and great wealth. It took years to get rid of her.

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