Versailles season 2: Who was Madame de Montespan, King Louis' mistress?
Who was Madame de Montespan? Versailles often treads the line between fiction and reality, but Madame de Montespan was very much a character based in real life.
By all accounts Françoise Athénaïs de Montespan – born in 1604 – was the official and most beloved of King Louis’ mistresses during his reign.
Historian Greg Jenner explains in the BBC’s historical guide to Versailles, that Madame de Montespan was one of the many hearts conquered by the King.
Mr Jenner said: “Louis loved the thrill of the chase when it came to beautiful, charming women” and Athénaïs was no exception to this.
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