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The Secret Wife of Louis XIV: Francoise dAubigne, Madame de Maintenon

by Veronica Buckley
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Francoise d�Aubigne, marquise de Maintenon and secret wife of the Sun King, Louis XIV, was born in a bleak French prison in 1635, her father a condemned traitor and murderer, her mother the warden�s seduced daughter. A timely pardon and a hopeful Caribbean colonial venture failed to mend the family�s fortunes, and Francoise was reduced to begging in the streets. Yet, armed