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Montespan

Marquise de, title of Fran?oise Ath?na?s de Rochechouart. 1641--1707, French noblewoman; mistress of Louis XIV of France

Montespan

 

a large cave in Haute-Garonne Department, in southwestern France, in the foothills of the Pyrenees. It contains remains of the Upper Paleolithic Magdalenian culture.

Montespan was discovered by the French archaeologist N. Casteret in 1923. Engravings of bisons and horses were found on the walls. The figure of a headless bear modeled in clay was also discovered; a bear’s skull that had been originally attached to the figure was found nearby. Impressions of the feet of elderly persons and adolescents of 13 or 14 years of age were preserved on the clay floor. Montespan was the site of religious ceremonies, magic rituals, and, possibly, initiation rites of Paleolothic people.

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Trombe, F., and G. Dubuc. Le Centreprehistorique de GantiesMontespan. Paris, 1947. (Archives de Vlnstitut de Paleontologie Humaine, transaction no. 22.)
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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.
de Montespan, is even named during these trials as a participant in trying to manipulate Louis's feelings toward her through amatory masses and potions.
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Mitad como sus ojos llorosos siguen al rey que va con la senorita de Tonnay-Charente, ahora madame de Montespan.
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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.
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