Bonjour and welcome to Hortense’s Salon Internationale! In this week’s episode, we learn more about Hortense Mancini’s time as Charles II’s maitresse-en-titre, her relationship with Charles’s daughter Anne Lennerd, her love of swordfighting, her self-sabotaging affair with Louis I of Monaco, and her platonic life partner Charles de Marguetel de Saint-Denis, seigneur de Saint-Évremond aka CM, and overall her new era as Renaissance Influencer.
And the story doesn’t end here! Next week we’ll wrap up the Hortense Saga with her post-post Charles era, and finally see how she scores on the Fredegund memorial scale.
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Mistresses: Sex and Scandal at the Court of Charles II by Linda Porter
The Kings’ Mistresses: The Liberated Lives of Marie Mancini, Princess Colonna, and her Sister Hortense, Duchess Mazarin by Elizabeth C. Goldsmith
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