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Beloved of George I and a great party giver. Sophia von Platen von Kielmansegg, Countess of Darlington has often, but erroneously, been asserted to have been mistress of King George I of Great Britain and Ireland; in fact, she was his half-sister. Court ‘observers’ were apparently unable to fathom that George I would have a close relationship with a woman without being intimate with her. Darlington was noted for her amiable nature and for her excellent management of parties and public events.
A pillar of strength and stability in a period of travail. Mme. Françoise d’Aubigné de Maintenon (1635-1719) entered the French court as a governess. She eventually became Louis XIV’s mistress and then his second wife, but never his queen. She was the most powerful influence on Louis’ in his mature years. She established the St. Cyr School for the daughters of impoverished noblemen.Madame Scarron, by George Stuart.
A tooth and lock of hair taken from Queen Katherine Parr's coffin in 1792.