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Dialogues and Addresses

Madame de Maintenon


Born Françoise d'Aubigné, a criminal's daughter reduced to street begging as a child, Madame de Maintenon (1653–1719) made an improbable rise from impoverished beginnings to the summit of power as the second, secret wife of Louis XIV. An educational reformer, Maintenon founded and directed the celebrated academy for aristocratic women at Saint-Cyr. This volume presents the dialogues and addresses in which Maintenon explains her controversial philosophy of education for women. Denounced by her contemporaries as a political schemer and religious fanatic, Maintenon has long been criticized as an ... More

Keywords: Madame de Maintenon, Louis XIV, Saint-Cyr, women, educational reform, social hierarchy, feminism, modernity, religious fanaticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780226502410
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226502403.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Madame de Maintenon, author