Court Amoureuse in the Defense of Women

  On Valentine’s Day of 1401, the French Court experienced what might be called the largest court ever assembled. But this was no ordinary court. Founded by King Charles VI and two of his dukes, this court was focused on honoring one thing: women and how...

Famous Courtesans: Madame du Barry

Madame du Barry, or Jeanne Becu (19 August 1743 – 8 December 1793), was the last chief mistress (or maitresse-en-titre) of Louis XV of France. At the high point of her career she was one of the most influential women in France. Although her origins do not...

Famous Courtesans: Marquise de Pompadour

Marquise de Pompadour (1721-1764) also known as Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson was the official mistress of Louis XV of France from 1745-1751. This was a staggering jump for a member of the bourgeoise to make. It all began when she was 9 and her mother took her to see a...

Caterina de’ Medici

Caterina de’ Medici; known after her marriage as Catherine de Médicis, was the Queen Consort of King Henry II of France. She was born in Florence, Italy in 1519 during the height of the influence of the House of Medici over the arts; a factor that was pivotal in...

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