Madame de Maintenon: The Secret Wife of Louis XIV.
The best histories read like novels. Here is the story of Francoise d'Aubigne, born in 1635 to a father condemned as a murderer and traitor. During her life she traveled to the Caribbean, she led a fashionable Paris salon, became governess to the Queen's children, and eventually, mistress to the King. Endnotes, Index, Bibliography. Publ by Bloomsbury, Britain, at 25 Pounds. 2008. Hb, Dj. 452 pgs. Illustrations. NEW. $15.00