The most well-known favorite of monarchs
There is an opinion that the world should be governed by men. However, history has known a period of matriarchy, and the influence of women on men, too, can not be excluded. How often close to the monarch provided the fair sex, skillfully and unobtrusively makes men act like it was beneficial to her. We offer today to remember the most famous in the history of the favorites.
Her beauty admired the Pope and Charles VII of, sweetheart whom she was adored and showered with expensive gifts. She responded to his devotion to the King and fought with his enemies, opened the eyes of Charles VII on unworthy his entourage and the proposed appointment to senior positions without getting tired. In addition, Agnes Sorel has become a trendsetter in the court, and gave birth to three daughters of the King. However, the end of this lady was quite sad: she died shortly after the third stage of labor. According to modern scientists, the cause of death has become a favorite of mercury poisoning.
Francoise de Foix Chateaubriand
The big connoisseur of feminine beauty Francis I literally forced Count Chateaubriand submit to the court his wife, whose beauty was legendary. However, she Francoise saw nothing wrong with having to meet with the king and, despite the protests of the wife, went to the meeting with Francis I. Introduction proved very successful for her: she soon became the mistress of the monarch, the Countess's husband was promoted to company commander, and her three brothers also took a fairly high positions. Later, the king's mother Louise of Savoy did everything to separate from his beloved son and contributed to the rise of a new mistress - Anne de Pisslo.
It can not be called the most beautiful woman, but Anne Boleyn was smart, charming and quite charming. When Henry VIII began to render the lady favors, Anna behaved with restraint and strictly. She did not relish the prospect of become another favorite of the king. And other status he could not offer her as married to Catherine of Aragon. Henry VIII was so enchanted by the girl that he decided to cancel the marriage. As a result, the king married lover. The influence of the second wife of the king can not be overemphasized: it took the ambassadors, actively participated in political life. The hard board Henry VIII also charged Anna. When the king lost interest in his wife, then waited for her recovery after a miscarriage and blamed the fact that it forced him zhenila on itself, simply bewitched. In the end, Anna executed.
Diane de Poitiers
She was older than Henry II by as much as 20 years, but so pretty that the king was not embarrassed by the difference in age. He first saw her at the age of seven, and was kindled in 13 Diana passion. She became his ladylove, and is claimed to be the queen of Henry II after ascending to the throne. No decision he did not take without consulting with Diana. The era of her reign ended only after the death of Henry II. She died at 66 years without losing to the death of their beauty and attractiveness.
So far, there are many versions of how it got into the harem of the girl, there is no reliable information about its origin. The whole story is still fanned speculation and legends. However, one fact is impossible to refute: the concubine of it has become a legal wife of the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. She had a huge impact on the ruler, often showed his temper hard and not give up the opportunity to emphasize its special position. Thanks to her, to build mosques in Istanbul and developed charitable projects, including Ankara and Edirne.
She was wearing status of official mistress of Henry IV the Great, enjoyed great respect and love on his part. However, it has never used his authority to evil, and therefore enjoyed the location of the entire court. After the divorce of King with Marguerite de Valois, who was unable to give him an heir, Henry IV was going to marry Gabriel. But the young woman died due to high blood pressure, which led to the premature birth on the fourth month of pregnancy.
The beloved Russian Emperor Paul I, a graduate of the Smolny Institute, had a cheerful disposition and ease of communication. It is alleged that this relationship was platonic and based on similar religious beliefs, but because even the Empress Maria Feodorovna did not mind the relationship with the spouse Nelidova. The girl is quite able to use his influence on the emperor, to use it as she herself seemed to benefit. However, many of Catherine relatives held positions at the court, and she herself has repeatedly had to stand up for the innocent people.
Louise de la Valliere
She never distinguished by a special beauty, but was so pleasant to talk to and friendly, I could charm anyone. Was no exception and Louis XIV, quite a conquered charm Louise. He announced her royal mistress. But the girl desperately shy that title: the least she wanted to light learned about its relationship with the king. For the sake of Louise monarch restored and expanded Versailles, gave her several estates. Later, however, Louis had become indifferent to the beloved, and even humiliated her, he settled next to her and her new favorite of forcing the two ladies to chat. Louise Meek long this situation could not stand and simply went to the monastery, where she lived for 36 years.
The Marquise de Pompadour
This young lady had a special appeal and wanted to meet with Louis XV. A married woman does not care about his wife, but after meeting with the king and the "entry" in the position of royal mistress, was perhaps the right hand of Louis. He did not engage in politics, and the Marquise de Pompadour with pleasure was to meet with the ambassadors, engaged in personnel matters, to allocate money for charity and was even able to start the production of porcelain. In spite of that, over time, the king lost interest in his mistress, and even the news of her death in 1764 by Louis XV, is not upset.
She met and moved closer to Charles II back in the time when he was in exile in the Netherlands. Hinder their romance could not even charming spouse Barbara Roger Palmer. However, to marry him, she went against his will, but the king felt real feelings. After the return of Charles II in London began to enjoy special influence on the king and skillfully sought it to take the necessary political decisions. And even accept gifts from diplomats in exchange for influence on Charles II. After the appearance of the new monarch's mistress retired to Paris.