The Secret Wife of Louis XIV (Paperback)

Francoise d'Aubigne, Madame de Maintenon

By Veronica Buckley

St. Martins Press-3pl, 9780312430054, 528pp.

Publication Date: August 31, 2010

List Price: 25.00*
* Individual store prices may vary.


Francoise d'Aubigne, marquise de Maintenon, was born in a French prison in 1635, her father a condemned traitor and murderer, her mother the warden's seduced daughter. Yet, armed with beauty, intellect, and shrewd judgment, she was to make her way to the center of power at Versailles, the most opulent and ambitious court in all Europe.

Sparkling with irresistible wit, fine detail, and novelistic sweep, this exactingly researched biography is a pinnacle of the form.

About the Author

Veronica Buckley was born and educated in New Zealand, and later studied at the Universities of London and Oxford. Christina, Queen of Sweden, was the subject of her much-praised first biography. She lived in Paris while researching The Secret Wife of Louis XIV, and now lives in Vienna.