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]

The Royal Mistress Series: Madame de Pompadour, the Little Queen

November 30, 2016 Amy 0

Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson was born in December 1721 in Paris. Her mother was Louise-Madeleine de La Motte and her father was François Poisson, who was involved in the booming financial sector. When Jeanne’s father was exiled after a banking scandal, his colleague Charles François Paul Le Normant de Tournehem stepped in as her guardian. Due to [read more]

The Royal Mistress Series: Ekaterina Dolgorukova, Imperial Mistress

November 1, 2016 Amy 0

Ekaterina, or Katya as she was known, was born in Moscow, Russia in 1847. Her parents were ex-cavalry captain Mikhail Dolgorukov and his wife Vera Vishnevskaia. Katya was of high birth, her ancestor had founded Moscow in 1147 and her direct Dolgorukov family line was an ancient noble line which could be traced back the [read more]

The Royal Mistress Series: Daisy Warwick, the Socialist Countess

October 25, 2016 Amy 2

Daisy was born as Frances Evelyn Maynard in 1861. Her mother was Blanche FitzRoy who was a descendent of Charles II through two of his mistresses Nell Gwyn and Barbara Villiers and her father was The Honourable Charles Maynard. Charles was due to inherit his father’s titles and fortune, but both Charles and his father [read more]

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