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The Kings' Mistresses: The Liberated Lives of Marie Mancini, Princess Colonna, and Her Sister Hortense, Duchess Mazarin

 
 
Author
Elizabeth C. Goldsmith.
Publisher PublicAffairs  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.25 x 1 inches
ISBN 9781586488895
Pages/Publication Date 256/2012
Daedalus Item Code 43083
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The Mancini Sisters, Marie and Hortense, were born in Rome, brought to the court of Louis XIV of France, and married off by their uncle, Cardinal Mazarin, to secure his political power base; like most women of the time, they each became part of their respective husband's property. Marie and Hortense, however, had other ideas, and abandoned their husbands to lead lives of extraordinary daring on the run and in the public eye. Their flight both charmed and scandalized 17th-century society, and they became popular fodder for salon conversation and tabloids, as French literature scholar Elizabeth Goldsmith reveals in depth in this vibrant biography of the Mancini sisters.

"The Mancini sisters demanded a freedom that law and custom denied their sex. Goldsmith shows the high price both women paid for this freedom, while celebrating the liberated spirit with which they pursued it. The book is a page-turner; it is also good history."—Barbara Diefendorf

"Goldsmith presents the sisters as pioneers who embraced notoriety by publishing accounts of their unconventional lives. Their prominence during the emergence of print journalism prompted debates on women's rights, marriage, and property laws.... A spirited account that humanizes the experiences of 17th-century women."—Library Journal

 
 
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