Friday, January 30, 2015

A List of Names Taken from French Royal Mistresses (4)


Marie Anne de Mailly-Nesle by Jean-Marc Nattier
Louise Julie de Mailly, Countess of Mailly - Louis XV - Similar to the Mancini girls (Hortense Mancini was her their great-grandmother), Louise was one of the famous de Nesle sisters, four of whom were mistresses to the King. They were Pauline Félicité, Diane Adelaide, Hortense Félicité, and Marie Anne.
Pauline Félicité de Mailly, Marquise of Vintimille - Louis XV - She died of convulsions after giving birth to a son by Louis. Her corpse was mutilated by a mob. Her son, Louis, was said to resemble his father so much that he was called "Demi-Louis" or "small Louis".
Diane Adélaïde de Mailly, Duchess of Lauraguais - Louis XV
Marie Anne de Mailly, Duchess of Chateauroux - Louis XV
Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, Marquise of Pompadour - Louis XV - Probably one of the most famous mistresses of all time, she was not only his lover but a trusted advisor. She was not only beautiful but intelligent and accomplished, and could sing, dance, play the clavichord and even engrave. She also became quite the accomplished actress. She claimed at the age of nine she was taken to a fortune teller who told her mother that she would one day rule the heart of a King. Despite ceasing being lovers, Louis and Jeanne stayed close friends, and he was there for her during her last days.
Jeanne Bécu, Countess du Barry - Louis XV - Better known as Madame du Barry, she was a famous courtesan before becoming mistress to the King. Marie Antoinette disliked her greatly, and even refused to speak to her. After the King died, she was exiled and eventually guillotined during the Reign of Terror.
Marie-Louise O'Murphy - Louis XV - Born to a Irish officer and a Frenchwoman, she was first encountered by Casanova while living with his sister. He was so taken by her beauty that he had a nude portrait done, which eventually found its way to Louis, who then took her as a mistress. She made the grave mistake of trying to replace Madame du Pompadour, which lead to her downfall and quick marriage. She had a daughter, Agathe Louise de Saint-Antoine, by the King.
Françoise de Châlus, Duchess of Narbonne-Lara - Louis XV
Marguerite Catherine Haynault, Marquise of Montmélas - Louis XV
Lucie Madeleine d'Estaing - Louis XVAnne Couffier de Romans, Baroness of Meilly-Coulonge - Louis XV
Louise Jeanne Tiercelin de La Colleterie - Louis XV
Irène du Buisson de Longpré - Louis XV
Catherine Éléonore Bénard - Louis XV
Marie Thérèse Françoise Boisselet - Louis XV

Marie Walewska - Napoleon I - This Polish noblewoman, also known as Maria, charmed the French emperor with her beauty. She was born in Kiernozia, her mother was a part of the Zaborowski family, and her father, who died before she was born, was a landowner. Her siblings were Benedykt Jozef, Hieronim, Teodor, Honorata, Kataryzna, and Urszula-Teresa. Although originally reluctant to become his mistress, she was persuaded by both his personal aide and many Polish aristocrats, who hoped she could influence him to help Poland in its struggle for independence from Prussia, and the Habsburg and Russian empires. She had a son, Count Alexandre Joseph Colonna-Walewski, by Napoleon, though he maintained that his father was her first husband, Athenasius count Colonna-Walewski.
Eléonore Denuelle de La Plagine - Napoleon I - She had a son by him, Charles, Count Léon, and thus proved that it wasn't Napoleon who couldn't conceive, but his wife, Josephine. He ended up divorcing her and remarrying because of this.
Victoria Kraus - Napoleon I - It is rumored her son, Karl Eugin von Mühlfeld, was Napoleon's.
Albine de Montholon - Napoleon I - Her daughter, Hélène Napoleone Bonaparte, could have been his, and was said to bear a strong resemblance to him.
Unknown Woman - Napoleon I - Jules Barthélemy-Saint-Hilaire was rumored also to be his son, though it was unknown who his mother was.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A List of Names Taken from French Royal Mistresses (3)

Hortense Mancini by Jacob Ferdinand Voet
I'm so sorry this took so long to post! I had had it written out and then I accidently deleted it and was too lazy to rewrite it until now. I hope you all still enjoy it!

Diane d'Andoins - Henry IV
Françoise de Montmorency-Fosseux - Henry IV
Esther Imbert - Henry IV
Antoinette de Pons - Henry IV
Gabrielle d'Estrées, Duchess of Beaufort - Henry IV - Had children by him named César de Bourbon, duc de Vendome, Catherine Henriette de Bourbon, and Alexandre de Bourbon, Chevalier de Vendôme.
Henriette d'Entragues, Marquise de Verneuil - Henry IV - Had children by him named Gaston Henri, duc de Verneuil also known as Henri de Bourbon, and Gabrielle Angelique de Bourbon, Madame Verneuil.
Jacqueline de Bueil, Countess of Moret - Henry IV - Had a son by him named Antoine, Count de Moret.
Charlotte des Essarts - Henry IV - Had daughters by him named Jeanne Baptiste, and Marie Henriette.
Charlotte Marguerite de Montmorency - Henry IV
Charlotte de Sauve - Henry IV - Also a spy for Catherine de' Medici.

Catherine Bellier - Louis XIV
Olympe Mancini, Countess of Soissons - Louis XIV - Also known as Olympia, she was one of the five famous Mancini sisters, nieces to the Cardinal Mazarin. The other sisters were Laura "Laure", Olympia "Olympe", Anna Maria "Marie", Marie Anne, and Ortensia "Hortense". They also had three brothers, Paul, Philippe, and Alphonse.
Lucie de la Motte-Argencourt - Louis XIV
Mademoiselle de Marivault - Louis XIVMarie Mancini - Louis XIV - Another Mancini. She was originally Anna Maria, and won the love of the King, who desired to marry her. She was eventually exiled.
The daughter of a gardener known simply as NN - Louis XIV - She had an unnamed daughter by him.
Hortense Mancini - Louis XIV - She was born Ortensia but was known in France as Hortense. She was proposed to by the exiled king Charles II of England, but her uncle wasn't interested in the pairing, thinking he had little potential. When he became the King of England in the months following, he tried to get them back together, and even gave her a dowry of 5 millions livres. Her marriage later was a strange one, and eventually she took a female lover. Her husband had them both sent to a convent where they terrorized the nuns and escaped out the chimney. She left her husband and lived under the protection of Louis XIV for many years.
Henrietta Anne of England - Louis XIV - Most shockingly, his sister-in-law.
Louise de La Vallière - Louis XIV - Had children by him named Charles, Philippe, and Louis de La Baume de Le Blanc, and two who were legitimized; Marie Anne de Bourbon and Louis de Bourbon, Count of Vermandois.
Bonne de Pons d'Heudicourt - Louis XIV
Catherine Charlotte de Gramont - Louis XIV
Françoise Athénaïs de Rochechouart de Mortemart, Marquise of Montespan - Louis XIV - She was called the true Queen of France due to her influence. She had children by him named Louise Françoise de Bourbon (died at age two), Louis-Auguste de Bouron, Louis César de Bourbon, Louise Françoise de Bourbon, Louise Marie Anne de Bourbon, Françoise Marie de Bourbon, and Louis Alexandre de Bourbon, who were legitimized.
Gabrielle de Rochechouart de Mortemart, Marquise of Thianges - Louis XIV - Sister to Françoise Athénaïs.
Anne de Rohan-Chabot - Louis XIV
Françoise d'Aubigné, Marquise of Maintenon - Louis XIV - Became Louis' second wife, though it was never officially announced.
Claude de Vin des Œillets - Louis XIV - Involved in the scandalous Affair of the Poisons, during which members of the aristocracy were charged with poisoning and witchcraft. She had a daughter by him named Louise de Maisonblanche.
Isabelle de Ludres - Louis XIV
Marie Angélique de Scorailles, Duchess of Fontanges - Louis XIV - Possibly died from poisoning during the Affair of the Poisons. She had a son and possibly a daughter by Louis.