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Françoise-Athénaïs de Rochechouart, Marquise de Montespan

Françoise-Athénaïs de Rochechouart de Mortemart, Marquise of Montespan, better known as Madame de Montespan, was the most celebrated chief Royal mistress of the King of France, by whom she had seven children.

Born into one of the oldest noble families of France, the House of Rochechouart, Madame de Montespan was called by some the “true Queen of France”‘ during her romantic relationship with Louis XIV, due to the pervasiveness of her influence at court during that time. Her so-called “reign” lasted from , when she first danced with the King at a ball hosted by the king’s younger brother at the Louvre Palace, until her alleged involvement in the notorious Affaire des Poisons.

By After Louis Ferdinand Elle the Younger - Unknown source, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=391568, Françoise-Athénaïs de Rochechouart
By After Louis Ferdinand Elle the Younger – Unknown source, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=391568
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