She was married to the Marquis of Montespan
, whom Louis XIV banished from court because he was both objectionable and an obstacle to the liaison between the king and Francoise.
, is even named during these trials as a participant in trying to manipulate Louis's feelings toward her through amatory masses and potions.
More alarming, its inquiries implicated high-ranking nobles at court, including the king's mistress in title, Athenais de Montespan
, accused of appearing naked at sacrilegious masses in an effort to retain the king's favor and even plotting to poison him should he break off their relationship.
Mitad como sus ojos llorosos siguen al rey que va con la senorita de Tonnay-Charente, ahora madame de Montespan
Following the death of the count of Eu on July 13, 1775, the estate was transferred to his cousin, the duke of Penthievre, a legitimized bastard of Louis XIV and the marchioness of Montespan
A specially convened royal commission was established to root out dangerous purveyors of poisons and spells from Parisian society, but it found itself in a tight spot when accusations began to point to some of the most prominent members of court society, including France's premier military commander, the Marechal-Duc de Luxembourg, and the king's mistress herself, the Marquise de Montespan
1675) illustrates, admittedly with elements of fantasy, the short-lived Trianon de Porcelaine built for Madame de Montespan
with this maitresse en titre submerged in a plethora of recognisable treasures; the author even identifies a hotly contested jewel in a coffer in the foreground.
In many ways Montespan
is the central character in the complex story.
As Goodman points Out, the learned and cultivated mistresses of Louis XIV, Madame de Montespan
and Madame de Maintenon, were pictured similarly.
Her debut book Athenais: The Real Queen Of France, chronicles the life of Athenais de Montespan
- Louis XIV's long-term mistress.
lThere is no stopping Brian Taylor, who brings his score to 12 in the last four days with wins aboard the Ryan Price-trained pair Montespan
and Nice Balance at Nottingham.
One of the primary mistresses of the King of France, Madame de Montespan
, writes at length about Louise, her childhood and subsequent placement in a Benedictine convent.