Marquise de Montespan


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Noun1.Marquise de Montespan - French noblewoman who was mistress to Louis XIV until he became attracted to Madame de Maintenon (1641-1707)Marquise de Montespan - French noblewoman who was mistress to Louis XIV until he became attracted to Madame de Maintenon (1641-1707)
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A specially convened royal commission was established to root out dangerous purveyors of poisons and spells from Parisian society, but it found itself in a tight spot when accusations began to point to some of the most prominent members of court society, including France's premier military commander, the Marechal-Duc de Luxembourg, and the king's mistress herself, the Marquise de Montespan. Somerset correctly links these events to the contemporaneous shift in courtly behavior, from the ribaldry and open sexuality of the 1660s and 1670s to the increasingly pious court of the last decades of Louis XIV's reign (332-335).
In the long history of French royal mistresses the marquise de Montespan is perhaps the most famous.
Some very important names were being mentioned, among them the Duchesse de Bouillon, the Marechal de Luxembourg and the Marquise de Montespan's sister-in-law, the Duchesse de Vivonne.