The previously impoverished Francoise d'Aubigne (1635-1719) was born in a debtors' prison, but thanks to good fortune and donations from the king, she rose to purchase the Maintenon
estate and become arguably the most influential woman in his life.
It was here that Madame de Maintenon
, a prison-born widow, became governess to King Louis XIV's illegitimate children.
As sucessoras de madame de Maintenon
na Franca e no resto do ocidente, em que pese o surto puritano (6) ainda muito presente no seculo XVIII, ja nao prezavam mais pela discricao, mas, ao contrario, exibiam sua condicao de amantes reais e de detentoras de tudo o que se poderia extrair dela, seja concretamente, ou apenas no plano do imaginario popular.
to ask for information on the front this regiment was
Madame de Maintenon
(Irene Silvagni), Blouin (Marc Susini), and Padre Le Tellier (Jacques Henric).
The earth proved the farmers right, and not the great king, and Madame de Maintenon
(76) now has to eat oatmeal bread in Versailles.
ocupaba su puesto de Venus junto al Sol que gobernaba.
It was the French rather than the American revolutionaries who were most alive to the risk of the "despotism of the petticoat." The sentiment that politically powerful women did more harm than good was well-nigh universal in a country with a vivid memory of inept female regents (from the two Medieis to Anne of Austria), interfering royal mistresses (from Maintenon
and Pompadour to DuBarry, who was guillotined for her crimes), ambitious court intriguantes (from the frondieres to the Comtesse de Polignac) and a network of intellectuals, artists and officials entirely dependent on the whims of fashionable women.