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Marie Mancini and Hortense Mancini


The memoirs of Hortense (1646–1699) and of Marie (1639–1715) Mancini, nieces of the powerful Cardinal Mazarin and members of the court of Louis XIV, represent the earliest examples in France of memoirs published by women under their own names during their lifetimes. Both unhappily married—Marie had also fled the aftermath of her failed affair with the king—the sisters chose to leave their husbands for life on the road, a life quite rare for women of their day. Through their writings, the Mancinis sought to rehabilitate their reputations and reclaim the right to define their public images thems ... More

Keywords: memoirs, Hortense Mancini, Marie Mancini, Cardinal Mazarin, Louis XIV, failed affair, reputations, public images, women's rights, personal independence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780226502786
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226502809.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marie Mancini, author

Hortense Mancini, author