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Queens and Mistresses of Renaissance France

Kathleen Wellman


This book tells the history of the French Renaissance through the lives of its most prominent queens and mistresses, beginning with Agnes Sorel, the first officially recognized royal mistress in 1444, and including Anne of Brittany, Catherine de Medici, Anne Pisseleu, Diane de Poitiers, and Marguerite de Valois, among others. It concludes with Gabrielle d'Estrees, Henry IV's powerful mistress during the 1590s. The author shows that women in both roles—queen and mistress—enjoyed great influence over French politics and culture, not to mention over the powerful men with whom they were involved. ... More

Keywords: mistresses, French Renaissance, Agnes Sorel, French politics, symbols, Anne of Brittany, Catherine de Medici, Diane de Poitiers, culture, royal mistress

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780300178852
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300178852.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathleen Wellman, author