Montespan, Marquise de

Montespan, Marquise de, mistress of Louis XIV.; a woman noted for her wit and beauty; bore the king eight children; was supplanted by Madame de Maintenon (q.v.); passed her last days in religious retirement (1641-1707).

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

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