Wanton and Whore: Queens and Royal Mistresses
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What do the Royal Mistresses of France during the reign of King Louis XIV have to do with Queen Elizabeth I? The answer lies in sexual power. Join this fun exploration of the 2 most famous Royal Mistresses of France, Madame de Montespan and Marquis de Maintenon and how the both played opposite sides of the sexual “coin” in growing and keeping their influence with the King. We’ll also draw parallels to Queen Elizabeth I and I’ll offer my thoughts on how she had to manage the perception of her sexuality.


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