The Royal Mistress Series: Pretty Witty Nell

July 10, 2017 Amy Eloise Kelly 0

Eleanor Gwyn was born in February 1650, when her future lover King Charles II of England was already twenty years old. Eleanor or Nell was the daughter of Ellen and Thomas Gwyn, a peasant couple who hailed from a Welsh bloodline. Despite Nell’s fame, there is little available evidence to piece together her early life [read more]

The Royal Mistresses Series: Athénaïs, Madame de Montespan

February 8, 2017 Moniek 0

This is a guest article by Kate Braithwaite. Françoise-Athénaïs de Rochechouart de Mortemart, the famously beautiful and witty maîtresse-en-titre of the Sun King Louis XIV, was born in Lussac in 1640. She was the third child of the Duc and Duchesse de Mortemart, one of France’s most noble families. Athénaïs (as she chose to be [read more]

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