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Women of style – Madame de Montespan

With her wit, charm, astonishing beauty and ambition Francoise-Athenais de Rochechouart, better known as Madame de Montespan for years ruled the court of King Louis XIV of France as his maitresse-en-titre (chief mistress). She was expensive and glorious and beautiful, like the Palace of Versailles...

La Reine Margot

She was one of the most educated, cultured, beautiful, fashionable women of her time, a “pearl of de Valois,” but also a victim of misogynist propaganda that portrayed her as nymphomaniac and incestuous La Reine Margot (Queen Margot) and downplayed the importance of her actions...

Women of style – Marie de Medici

Soon after Catherine de Medici died, another Medici moved to the French throne, bringing endless political intrigues, famous artists, high collars and big dresses to the French court. Marie de Medici became the Queen of France as the second wife of King Henry IV and after...

The Louvre Pyramid

The Louvre Pyramid, an integral part of Paris's Louvre Museum, turns 30 today.   A large glass and metal pyramid designed by Chinese-American award-winning architect I.M. Pei to be the new entrance to the Louvre museum, has become a cherished Paris landmark. But when it was completed...

Heloise and Abelard

Hers was one of the most beautiful and tragic (true) love stories, a model upon which many fictional love stories were later based on. But who was Heloise, the woman whose love affair with Pierre Abelard scandalized the 12th-century world?   Despite being one of the greatest...

Christine de Pizan

Christine de Pizan was a prolific medieval French author of dozens of manuscripts and poems, most notable are the ones where she championed women - The Book of the City of Ladies and The Treasure of the City of Ladies.   She is considered the first professional...

Alexandre Dumas

The legend has it that when his character Porthos died in The Three Musketeer’s final installment - The Vicomte of Bragelonne, the whole Paris knew of it and mourned him as Alexandre Dumas walked the streets of French capital crying “I killed Porthos!”   Parisians watched in...

Angelique

For any avid reader, visiting a city or a country through a book is sometimes the best way to travel. From the comfort of your favorite chair, you can walk the streets your favorite characters walked, dwell in the same places they’ve been, get to...

Hildegard von Bingen

Hildegard von Bingen was a 12thcentury Benedictine abbess, composer, writer, philosopher, mystic, healer.  In a time and in a world dominated by men, she founded the monasteries, composed liturgical drama and songs, wrote botanical, medicinal and theological texts, supervised illuminations and invented a language.   She was...

Modigliani’s Nudes

If there was ever a painting or a theme that embodies perfectly all the craft, mastery, beauty, sensuality and uniqueness of a painter, then those are female nudes by Amadeo Modigliani.   During his tragically short, turbulent but productive life, Modigliani created at least 26 reclining female...