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  • n. French noblewoman who was mistress to Louis XIV until he became attracted to Madame de Maintenon (1641-1707)


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  • It was precisely these qualities that led an old acquaintance, Françoise-Athénaïs de Rochechouart, marquise de Montespan, to make her an offer that would radically change the course of her life.

    Louis XIV's Secret Wife

  • At Versailles during the night of October 9, 1683, three months after the death of his wife, Maria Teresa of Spain, Louis XIV, King of France and Navarre, married Mme de Maintenon, the former governess of his children by his recently discarded mistress, the marquise de Montespan.

    Louis XIV's Secret Wife

  • The main players, Louis XIV, Madame de Brinvilliers, Madame de Montespan, La Reynie, are well enough documented that we can attempt to 'reconstruct' their characters as they might have been even given differing interpretations by historians.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • Madame de Montespan, fading mistress of the king; her life would be so much easier if the beautiful young Mademoiselle de Fontanges was off the scene?

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • I'm also, as a secondary benefit, beginning to feel my way into some of the characters, such as Madame de Montespan, an important figure however little she may end up on stage.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • Montespan and Thianges; but he had also to please the whole people of Paris, who were yet quite unpolished.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • There is certainly more of the bold Montespan in you than of the gentle la

    Letters of Two Brides

  • After twelve years, the king left Athénaïs de Montespan for the poor Widow Scarron, whom Athénaïs had hired to nurse her children with the king.


  • The Chambre Ardente, the special tribunal to look into witchcraft, had been stopped when it reached Athénaïs de Montespan.


  • Athénaïs de Montespan would say to Louis XIV as they sat together trying on jewels.



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