Thursday, August 12, 2004

La Valli�re, Louise-fran�oise De La Baume Le Blanc, Duchess (duchesse) De

La Valli�re, the daughter of a military governor, was appointed maid of honour in 1661 to Louis XIV's sister-in-law Henrietta Anne of England, Duchess d'Orl�ans. Although Louis had been married to the Spanish infanta Marie-Th�r�se for only about a year, he took La Valli�re as his mistress in July 1661. In order


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