I was pleased to read more about ‘Les filles du roi” (the ladies that Louis sent out primarily to what is now Quebec and close by regions of North America) in this Vincent Cronin book: Louis XIV. This is after all a subject that I’m quite fascinated by (see my article on this here) - and here.
I was very pleased to see that Cronin portrayed a realistic picture of the history pertaining to this subject.
Which leads me to my next point…How much of this next character am I to believe? Cronin goes one full chapter in depth about Athenaïs de Montespan. I mean so far, this author has been right on when it comes to the history of this Court. So far, I really don’t like this lady.
Apart from her beauty and lustiness- it’s evident that Louis was quite ‘energetic’ in the field of Love, and yes, the lady did portray strong sprit and wit, but besides that, she seemed to have been nothing but trouble. Plus, there was more evidence of her dabbling in witchcraft- séances, rituals and all…scary stuff that would turn anyone off for sure- especially a very Catholic king. Yet, even after finding all of this out, Louis still kept her at court for a couple of more years, as he slowly weaned her off. He apparently seeked consult on this and then proceeded to alienate her slowly.
I’m always looking for interesting memoirs to read- and I actually pondered on reading Montespan’s; but am I really that interested? So far everything I’ve read is making for a pretty clear picture and I think I got my fill of this seductress. Of course, people will contest that there’s always another version to the story- and I’m open to that. But in this case all the roads seem to lead to…
By the way, if you want to read Sandra Gulland’s post on False Memoirs- go here -very interesting.
As for me, I’m taking my time with this book; it’s sooo interesting. I know I’ll be posting more for sure on this one.
Athénaïs,Marchioness of Montespan (5 October 1641 – 27 May 1707)-Madame De Montespan