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Professor Tracy Adams, University of Auckland, New Zealand, “The French Political Royal Mistress and Gallic Singularity”

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We are so used to the idea of the royal mistress as a constituent element of the French king’s grandeur that we tend not to think about how strange it is that in Ancien Régime France nine women who were not part of the royal family exercised significant political influence. Adams suggests that the key […]