Mistresses & Courtesans
A courtesan was originally a courtier, which means a person who attends the court of a monarch or other powerful person.In feudal society, the court was the centre of government as well as the residen...
Art of Pleasure is a Serious Business
At Versailles from the moment of her arrival King Louis XV's mistress Madame du Pompadour directed and inspired everyone. Untiring in her efforts and quest for perfection the arts in France reached a ...
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall amassed a trove of jewels thanks to Prince Charles and the Saudis
The Duchess of Cornwall has built up an enviable jewellery collection and, as this week has shown, enjoys nothing more than showing it off.
Ines de Castro: Coronation of the Dead Queen
- He took the body of his beloved woman out of the grave, dressed her in queen's clothing, sat her on the throne, knelt in front of her, kissed her dead dried hand, and ordered all his vassals to do t...
10 Royal Mistresses Who Had Their Men By The Crown Jewels
Behind every man there’s a good woman, or so the saying goes. In the case of royalty, however, there were often a few bad girls as well. Royals were expect
Agnès Sorel, la Dame de Beauté
Agnès Sorel was the first official royal mistress in France. She created a position that would be coveted by many other women through the centuries. When she meets Charles VII (Joanna d'Arc's king Cha...
Mata Hari - Did they get Mata Hari wrong? | World news | The Guardian
Mata Hari, the most renowned woman spy in history, who was shot for betraying secrets that were said to have lead to the deaths of thousands of soldiers during the first world war, may have been wrong...
Royal mistress - Scandalous Women in History of France and England
Music and other clip taken from The Tudors tv series. The most Infamous in France History are : 1. Yolande Martine Gabrielle de Polastron was considered one ...
Mata Hari - Mata Hari was only interested in one thing - and it wasn't espionage | Mail Online
Killed by a firing squad, she's the most notorious woman spy in history. Mata Hari caused the deaths of tens of thousands of French soldiers - except that she may not have been guilty at all
Mistresses & Courtesans
Concept of epicness of an eventual opera I plan to write and star in someday. The story of Madame DuBarry and her entanglement and corruption due to the seve...
Mistress (lover)
A mistress is a relatively long-term female lover and companion who is not married to her partner, especially when her partner is married. Generally, the relationship is stable and at least semi-perma...
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Concubine
Concubinage is an interpersonal relationship in which a person engages in an ongoing sexual relationship with another person to whom they are not or cannot be married. The inability to marry may be du...
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Demimonde
Demi-monde refers to a group of people who live hedonistic lifestyles, usually in a flagrant and conspicuous manner. The term was commonly used in Europe from the late 19th to the early 20th century, ...
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Aspasia
Aspasia (/æˈspeɪʒiə, æˈspeɪziə, æˈspeɪʒə, æˈspeɪʃə/; Greek: Ἀσπασία; c. 470 BC – c. 400 BC) was an influential immigrant to Athens who was a companion of the statesman Pericles. The couple had a...
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Cleopatra
CleopatraQlwpdrt Horus name (1): Wer(et)-neb(et)-neferu-achet-sehWr(.t)-nb(.t)-nfrw-3ḫ(t)-sḥ The great Lady of perfection, excellent in counsel Horus name (2): Weret-tut-en-it-esWr.t-twt-n-jt=s The...
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Valeria Messalina
Valeria Messalina, sometimes spelled Messallina, (c. 17/20–48) was the third wife of the Roman Emperor Claudius. She was also a paternal cousin of the Emperor Nero, second cousin of the Emperor Caligu...
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Phryne
Phryne (/ˈfraɪni/; Ancient Greek: Φρύνη) was a famous hetaira (courtesan) of Ancient Greece (4th century BC).
Phryne's real name was Mnēsarétē (Μνησαρέτη, "commemorating virtue"), but owing t...
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Marozia
Marozia, born Maria and also known as Mariuccia or Mariozza (c. 890 – 937), was a Roman noblewoman who was the alleged mistress of Pope Sergius III and was given the unprecedented titles senatrix ("se...
Thaïs
Thaïs (Greek: Θαΐς) was a famous Greek hetaera who lived during the time of Alexander the Great and accompanied him on his campaigns. She is most famous for instigating the burning of Persepolis. ...
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Lais of Corinth
Lais of Corinth (fl. 425 BCE) was a famous hetaira or courtesan of ancient Greece who was probably born in Corinth. A younger hetaira with the same name was Lais of Hyccara. Since ancient authors (in ...
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Su Xiaoxiao
Su Xiaoxiao (Chinese: 蘇小小, died c. 501), also known as Su Xiaojun and sometimes by the appellation "Little Su", was a famous Chinese courtesan and poet from Qiantang City (now Hangzhou, Zhejiang Provi...
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Marquise de Montespan
Françoise Athénaïs de Rochechouart de Mortemart, marquise of Montespan (5 October 1640 – 27 May 1707), better known as Madame de Montespan, was the most celebrated maîtresse en titre of King Louis XI...
Marquise de Montespan - Wikipedia
Madame de Pompadour
Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour, also known as Madame de Pompadour (29 December 1721 – 15 April 1764, [pɔ̃.pa.duːʁ]), was a member of the French court and was the official chief mistr...
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Madame du Barry
Jeanne Bécu, comtesse du Barry (19 August 1743 – 8 December 1793) was the last Maîtresse-en-titre of Louis XV of France and one of the victims of the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution....
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Louise de Kérouaille, Duchess of Portsmouth
Louise Renée de Penancoët de Kérouaille, Duchess of Portsmouth (6 September 1649 – 14 November 1734) was a mistress of Charles II of England. Through her son by Charles II, Charles Lennox, 1st Duke of...
Louise de Kérouaille, Duchess of Portsmouth - Wikipedia
Veronica Franco
Veronica Franco (1546–1591) was an Italian poet and courtesan in 16th-century Venice.
Renaissance Venetian society recognized two different classes of courtesans: the cortigiana onesta, the intell...
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Lola Montez
Marie Dolores Eliza Rosanna Gilbert, Countess of Landsfeld (17 February 1821 – 17 January 1861), better known by the stage name Lola Montez, was an Irish dancer and actress who became famous as a "Spa...
Lola Montez - Wikipedia