The Royal Mistresses Series

Hortense Mancini – The runaway Duchess

Hortense was born in 1646 in Rome, to Baron Lorenzo Mancini and his wife, Girolama Mazzarani. She is remembered because her uncle was the famous Italian Cardinal; Cardinal Mazarin, chief minister to Louis XIV of France. Cardinal Mazarin was highly influential at the French court during Louis XIV’s minority; many believed he was romantically involved [read more]