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Françoise-Athénaïs de Rochechouart de Mortemart, Marquise of Montespan (French: [madam də mɔ̃tɛspɑ̃]; Madame de Montespan; 5 October 1640 – 27 May 1707) was the most celebrated maîtresse-en-titre of King Louis XIV, by whom she had seven children.
Madame de Montespan
Françoise Athénaïs de Rochechouart de Mortemart
|Born||(1640-10-05)5 October 1640|
Lussac-les-Châteaux, Poitou, France
|Baptised||5 October 1640|
|Died||27 May 1707(1707-05-27) (aged 66)|
|Noble family||Rochechouart (by birth)|
Pardaillan de Gondrin (by marriage)
(m. 1663; died 1691)
|Father||Gabriel de Rochechouart de Mortemart|
|Mother||Diane de Grandseigne|
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 around 1667, when she first danced with Louis XIV at a ball hosted by the king's younger brother, Philippe I, Duke of Orléans, at the Louvre, until her alleged involvement in the notorious Affaire des Poisons in the late 1670s to 1680s. Her immediate contemporary was Barbara Villiers, mistress of King Charles II of England.
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