The Secret Wife of Louis XIV
Francoise D'Aubigne, Madame de Maintenon
ISBN10: 0312430051 ISBN13: 9780312430054 Publisher: Picador USA Published: Aug 31 2010 Pages: 498 Weight: 0.95lbs. Height: 8.50" Width: 5.50" Depth: 1.00" Language: English
Fran oise d'Aubign , marquise de Maintenon, was born in a French prison in 1635, her father a condemned traitor and murderer, her mother the warden's seduced daughter. Yet, armed with beauty, intellect, and shrewd judgment, she was to make her way to the center of power at Versailles, the most opulent and ambitious court in all Europe.
Sparkling with irresistible wit, fine detail, and novelistic sweep, this exactingly researched biography is a pinnacle of the form.