The First Love of Louis XIV


If kings could choose their wives, Marie Mancini, would become the Queen of France; but the kings just can’t do it, and so she had to go into a long, practically life-time exile, for after His Majesty’s marriage to Marie-Therese, Louis never wanted Marie Mancini admitted in His presence again; for the scars we receive so early in our lives have a tendency to grow with us.


About versaillesgossip, before and after Francis Ponge

The author of the blogs Versailles Gossip and Before and After Francis Ponge, Vadim Bystritski lives and teaches in Brest France. The the three main themes of his literary endeavours are humor, the French Prose Poetry, the French XVII and XVIII Century Art and History. His writings and occasionally art has been published in a number of ezines (Eratio, Out of Nothing, Scars TV, etc). He also contributes to Pinterest where he comments on the artifiacts from the Louvre and other collections. Some of his shorter texts are in Spanish, Russian and French.
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2 Responses to The First Love of Louis XIV

  1. Geske Svanekier says:

    What a beauty!

    • XVII century didn’t recognize her as beautiful — she was a skin-and bone teen; but they did mention her personality; so, the niece of Cardinal Mazarini must had been a real fire-cracker, in violation of all the standards.

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