The Secret Wife of Louis XIV
Françoise D'aubigne, Madame De Maintenon
ISBN10: 0374158304 ISBN13: 9780374158309 Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux Published: Sep 1 2009 Pages: 498 Weight: 1.84lbs. Height: 9.50" Width: 6.25" Depth: 1.50" Language: English
Traces the rise of the Marquise de Maintenon from an impoverished daughter of a condemned murderer to a successful salonnière, governess for the king's illegitimate children, and secret wife to Louis XIV, in an account that describes their four-decade relationship amid the cutthroat court of seventeenth-century Versailles.