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Royal Bastardy and Dynastic Crisis

Matthew Gerber

in Bastards: Politics, Family, and Law in Early Modern France

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199755370
eISBN:
9780199932603
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755370.003.0003
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History, Family History

The political dimensions of bastardy were most evident in the public controversy stemming from Louis XIV’s attempt to declare his extramarital offspring capable of inheriting the French throne. The ... More


Agnès Sorel: The First Official Royal Mistress

Kathleen Wellman

in Queens and Mistresses of Renaissance France

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300178852
eISBN:
9780300190656
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300178852.003.0002
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History

This chapter tells the life story of Agnes Sorel, who became the first officially designated French royal mistress in 1444. During his reign, forty-year-old king Charles VII selected the ... More


Diane de Poitiers: An Idealized Mistress

Kathleen Wellman

in Queens and Mistresses of Renaissance France

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300178852
eISBN:
9780300190656
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300178852.003.0005
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History

This chapter focuses on one of the most prominent French royal mistresses, Diane de Poitiers. Making effective use of Renaissance arts, literature, and rhetoric, Diane not only constructed an image ... More


Queens and Mistresses of Renaissance France

Kathleen Wellman

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300178852
eISBN:
9780300190656
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300178852.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History

This book tells the history of the French Renaissance through the lives of its most prominent queens and mistresses, beginning with Agnes Sorel, the first officially recognized royal mistress in ... More


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