The Secret Wife of Louis XIV: Francoise D'Aubigne, Madame de Maintenon
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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.
"Lively . . . Buckley has written an admirably balanced life with a wealth of biographical detail and great sympathy for her subject . . . An extraordinary adventure." --The Economist"Veronica Buckley writes extremely well, and her narrative never fails to grip. She succeeds in her main aim--to show how an intelligent woman in a deeply traditional age used her personal gifts to rise from near the bottom to the summit of the social and political ladder . . . [The Secret Wife of Louis XIV] is convincing and ultimately moving, a perceptive appreciation of a remarkable woman." --Munro Price, The Sunday Telegraph