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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...

Women of style – Catherine de Medici

We know her as a sinister Queen, “the Italian woman”, a scheming poisoner and a ruthless power player who controlled her sons and gave her daughter a hell of a wedding present - St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre.   Film lovers probably remember Virna Lisi’s rather accurate portrayal...

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...

What’s in a name…

Rose has always been a used as a symbol, most often a symbol of the feminine principle, divine love and later, in the 19th and most notably 20th century an important symbol of a fight for women’s rights and anti-authoritarian associations.   It was one of the...

The story of baguette

There is nothing more French or Parisian looking than an image of a chic girl riding a bicycle along the river Seine, with a basket full of groceries,  flowers, and a baguette - that long, slender loaf of bread that everyone recognizes and few can...

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...

Women of style – Eleanor of Aquitaine

Beautiful, smart and educated.  A ruler of two countries well versed in the matters of the state. Patron of arts and church. An army leader. Crusader.  A lover. Spouse. Friend. Enemy. Schemer.   She was an epitome of a badass before the word, the notion existed. In...