France

Maria Theresa of Spain – The Sun King’s Queen

This article was written by Holly Sennett. Early years Maria Theresa, Spanish Infanta, was born on the 10th September 1638 in Spain, the daughter of the Spanish King Philip IV and his consort Elisabeth of France. From 1646 until 1657, Maria Theresa was heir presumptive to the Spanish throne. Due to the absence of Salic Law in [read more]

France

Madame de Maintenon – Louis XIV’s secret wife

This article was written by Holly Sennett. Early Life Françoise d’Aubigné was born on the 27th of November 1635 in France. The daughter of an incarcerated Huguenot, Françoise had a relatively modest upbringing. Young Françoise was educated as a Protestant, despite being baptised in her mother’s Catholic faith. Throughout her childhood and formative years, Françoise’s [read more]