THE SUN AND ITS RAYS - LOUIS XIV AND HIS MISTRESSES. Many women of the upper echelons became mistresses for almost any reason other than financial benefit. Often they were married, socially well-placed and with a certain degree of independance. Once started, tact and iscretion were essential to the smooth running of the affair, especially in retaining a domestif status quo. And no one would deny that intrigue added glamour - and the thrill of danger - to the liaison.
Louis XIV : King Louis XIV of France, known as the Sun King, lived a lavish lifestyle and built the palace of Versailles. His reign, which lasted from 1643 until his death in redefined royal opulence and the power of the absolute monarch.
Daughters of Louis XIV and Mme. de Montespan: Louise Francoise, Princesse de Conde (the elder of the on the right, Francoise Marie, Duchesse d'Orleans on the left. Reinette: Illegitimate Offspring of Royalty