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French consort of Louis XIV who secretly married the king after the death of his first wife (1635-1719).  Synonyms: Francoise d'Aubigne, Madame de Maintenon, Marquise de Maintenon.

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"Maintenon" Quotes from Famous Books

... whom Pascal evidently met at the hotel of the Duc de Roannez, and with whom he formed something of a friendship, was the well-known Chevalier de Méré, whom we know best as a tutor of Madame de Maintenon, and whose graceful but flippant letters still survive as a picture of the time. He was a gambler and libertine, yet with some tincture of science and professed interest in its progress. In his correspondence there is a letter to Pascal, in which he makes free in a ...
— Pascal • John Tulloch

... ought to suffice to the court; for it is not an unheard thing to have dramatic representations by the royal family. Louis XIV. appeared on the boards as a dancer; and even under the pious Madame de Maintenon, the princes and princesses of France acted the dramas of ...
— Joseph II. and His Court • L. Muhlbach

... Frederick would need supporting—on helping the poor. The parish flourished because, to take a handful at random, of the ill-behavior of the ladies Du Barri, Montespan, Pompadour, Ninon de l'Enclos, and even of learned Maintenon. The poor were the filter through which the money was passed, to come out, Mrs. Arbuthnot hoped, purified. She could do no more. She had tried in days gone by to think the situation out, to discover the exact right course for her to take, but had found it, as she had found Frederick, ...
— The Enchanted April • Elizabeth von Arnim

... of Madame de Maintenon's, who fed them with scraps from the royal table, some carp were taken out of a muddy pool and placed in a marble basin of bright, clean water. The carp perished. The animals might be sacrificed, but man could never infect them with the leprosy of flattery. A courtier remarked ...
— Scenes from a Courtesan's Life • Honore de Balzac

Words linked to "Maintenon" :   marchioness, consort, marquise, Marquise de Maintenon

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