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Author Wellman, Kathleen Anne, 1951- author

Title Queens and mistresses of Renaissance France / Kathleen Wellman
Published New Haven : Yale University Press, [2013]
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 433 pages) : illustrations
Contents Agnès Sorel: the first official royal mistress -- Anne of Brittany: the limits and prospects of a queen -- The women of the court of Francis I: wives and mistresses, sister and mother -- Diane de Poitiers: an idealized mistress -- Catherine de Medici: king in all but name -- Marguerite de Valois: scandalous queen, femme savante -- Gabrielle d'Estrées: nearly a queen
Summary This title tells the history of the French Renaissance through the lives of its most prominent queens and mistresses, beginning with Agnès Sorel, the first officially recognised royal mistress in 1444, including Anne of Brittany, Catherine de Medici, Anne Pisseleu, Diane de Poitiers, Marguerite de Valois among others, and concluding with Gabrielle d'Estrées, Henry IV's powerful mistress during the 1590s
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Mistresses -- France -- Biography.
Queens -- France -- Biography.
Renaissance -- France.
France -- History -- 15th century.
France -- History -- 16th century.
France -- Kings and rulers -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0300178859
0300190654 (electronic bk.)
9780300190656 (electronic bk.)