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Queens and Mistresses of Renaissance France$
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Kathleen Wellman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300178852

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300178852.001.0001

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Agnès Sorel

Agnès Sorel

The First Official Royal Mistress

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Queens and Mistresses of Renaissance France

Kathleen Wellman

Yale University Press

This chapter tells the life story of Agnes Sorel, who became the first officially designated French royal mistress in 1444. During his reign, forty-year-old king Charles VII selected the extraordinarily beautiful, twenty-two-year-old Agnes as his mistress, which led to him defining a new role for women in the courts and a new practice for French kings. Being presented to Charles VII's court gave Agnes a quasi-official status, not to mention bringing her into greater prominence than earlier mistresses. Unintentionally, Charles VII's designation of Agnes as royal mistress had long-term ramifications, specifically for the roles of the king and queen, and for their relationship. The position also offered new ways for a king's contemporaries and subsequent historians to assess his reign.

Keywords:   quasi-official status, Agnes Sorel, French royal mistress, Charles VII, French kings

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