22: Hortense Mancini, Duchess de Mazarin: part five

This episode gets into Hortense’s final years, which involve: two mother-daughter reunions, how she dealt with three rapid changes in who the monarch is, CM continuing to be the best best friend to ever friend, and of course, her scandilicious score!!

Content warning: discussion of suicide starts at 47:01. If you want to skip ahead to the scoring, that starts at 57:31.

References:

Annalisa Nicholson’s page at The Queen’s College, University of Oxford https://www.queens.ox.ac.uk/people/annalisa-nicholson

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 https://bookshop.org/a/1419/9781586488895

https://www.thecambridgelanguagecollective.com/arts-and-culture/annalisa-nicholson

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/feb/28/restoration-influencer-how-charles-iis-clever-mistress-set-trends-ahead-of-her-time

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