from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Maintenon, Marquise de Title of Françoise d'Aubigné. 1635-1719. French consort of Louis XIV. The widow of French writer Paul Scarron, she secretly married the king (c. 1685) after the death of his first wife.

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  • n. French consort of Louis XIV who secretly married the king after the death of his first wife (1635-1719)


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  • "At the age of seventy, Louis XIV made love to Madame de Maintenon twice a day, much to her annoyance," writes a typically playful Ms. Caro.

    Sentimental Journeys

  • The personalities jump off the page, none more so than Louis XIV, whose superannuated yearning for his second and secret wife, Madame de Maintenon, cannot fail to raise a chuckle.

    Sentimental Journeys

  • [5] In the US, see Mme de Maintenon, Dialogues and Addresses, superbly edited by John J. Conley, S.J. (University of Chicago Press, 2005) as part of "The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe," a series dedicated to texts and writings by women.

    Louis XIV's Secret Wife

  • Louis XIV had already given her pensions and gifts of money in appreciation for her care of his children, and in February of the next year he conferred upon her the title marquise de Maintenon.

    Louis XIV's Secret Wife

  • (Mme de Maintenon made every effort to win his esteem.)

    Louis XIV's Secret Wife

  • I can see Madame de Maintenon teaching recipes at St Cyr to her noble pupils just as she had them taught lace-making.

    L'Ordre du Saint-Esprit

  • Madame de Maintenon (1635-1719) was the secret wife of

    Editorial Notes to 'Letter to the Women of England'

  • Robinson has an extended passage praising Madame de Maintenon in Ainsi va le Monde.

    Editorial Notes to 'Letter to the Women of England'

  • Madame de Maintenon: Using the example of Madame de Maintenon, Robinson again underscores her point that women are made the scapegoats of mens own degenerate natures.

    Editorial Notes to 'Letter to the Women of England'

  • His face has the aspect of a bust, a frozen version of Madame de Pompadour or Maintenon or some such character, though his eyes are opened wide, as if in surprise.



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