Professor of History Christine Adams Discusses “The Creation of the French Royal Mistress” on Virtual Author Panel

Submitted by Michael Bruckler on September 14, 2020 - 2:23 pm
September 14, 2020
By Michael Bruckler

St. Mary’s College Professor of History Christine Adams will participate in a virtual author panel titled, Medieval & Early Modern Women in Politics & Power, sponsored by Penn State Press, on her book, “The Creation of the French Royal Mistress: From Agnès Sorel to Madame Du Barry,” on Friday, September 25, at 7 p.m. The virtual event is open to the public.

The book is co-authored by her sister Tracy Adams, professor of French in the School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics at the University of Auckland.

The book description: “Kings throughout medieval and early modern Europe had extraconjugal sexual partners. Only in France, however, did the royal mistress become a quasi-institutionalized political position. This study explores the emergence and development of the position of French royal mistress through detailed portraits of nine of its most significant incumbents: Agnès Sorel, Anne de Pisseleu d’Heilly, Diane de Poitiers, Gabrielle d’Estrées, Françoise Louise de La Baume Le Blanc, Françoise Athénaïs de Rochechouart de Mortemart, Françoise d’Aubigné, Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson, and Jeanne Bécu.”

Adams is the author or coeditor of four books, including “A Taste for Comfort and Status: A Bourgeois Family in Eighteenth-Century France.”

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