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]

The Royal Mistresses Series

Athénaïs – Madame de Montespan

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]