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Marie Mancini and Hortense Mancini

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226502786

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226502809.001.0001

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The Memoirs of Hortense and Marie Mancini

The Memoirs of Hortense and Marie Mancini

(p.1) The Memoirs of Hortense and Marie Mancini
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Hortense and Marie Mancini, as members of French courtly society, lived in a world where keeping track from minute to minute of the dips and swells in one's own and in others' social status came as naturally as breathing. They were not born into French society, and their standing there was entirely dependent on the power and wealth of their uncle, Cardinal Mazarin, and on the marriage alliances he managed to forge between their family and the leading families of France. This introductory chapter first presents the biographies of Hortense and Marie Mancini. It then discusses editions of their memoirs; their formulation of feminine gloire; and their pursuit of an independent life.

Keywords:   Hortense Mancini, Marie Mancini, memoirs, feminine gloire

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