Exposition Madame de Maintenon. Dans les allées du pouvoir

Madame de Maintenon, in the corridors of power

Établissement public du château, du musée et du domaine national de Versailles - Until 07/21/2019
The exhibition Madame de Maintenon presented at the Château de Versailles looks back, 300 years after her death, at the exceptional destiny of this woman who, born in a prison, was able to make herself loved by the most powerful king in the world.
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Barely 16 years old, Françoise d’Aubigné, after a difficult and poor childhood, married the famous poet Scarron who introduced her into the high Parisian society. As a widow, she was entrusted by Madame de Montespan, then favourite of King Louis XIV, with the mission of raising the illegitimate children born of her love with the king. This position of governess opened the doors of the court where she was quickly noticed by the monarch. He appreciated her wit and charms so much that, after granting her the title of marquise, he married her in the greatest secrecy a few years later. By weaving a whole network of friendships around her, this devout woman asserted herself as an essential figure in the eyes of the king and the court, credited with an occult political role. In 1686, as the culmination of her work as an educator, she opened the Royal House of Education of Saint-Cyr, whose objective was to welcome poor young girls from the French aristocracy. She died in Saint-Cyr in 1719, at the age of 84.

The fate of a woman who remained in the shadow of the Sun King, queen of his heart if not queen of France.

TOP TIP: the admission ticket to the Château de Versailles and the exhibition is included in the Paris Region Pass Experience.

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Château de Versailles
78000 Versailles

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From 1604 to 21/07/2019, daily between 9 AM and 6.30 PM except on May 1st. Closed on monday.


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