*Most kings married for political reasons, but the women they were in love with were mostly their mistress. Let’s explore together France famous mistresses that made history*
Agnes Sorel was 20 when she met Charles VII, king of France and twice her age. He felt instantly in love with this woman that people described as being one of the most beautiful woman in the kingdom at the time, she was also intelligent, educated which was rare for women in that period. She became the king’s mistress (after making him wait and prove his love for a year) and something that was unheard of happened, the king made her the first officially recognized royal mistress. Before her, kings were hiding their lovers or mistresses even if they had children with those women. Charles VII not only wasn’t hiding her, he also legitimized the children they had together.
Agnès Sorel had a great impact in France at the time and even after her death. She brought the king out of depression and encouraged him to go to war, which he did and he recovered all the territories in France that were occupied by the English. He asked for her advice on important subjects and she was also present at the king’s council.
She revolutionized fashion, wearing low cut dresses with a single breast fully bared, diamonds (a gemstone that was only worn by men at the time), and dresses with long trains. She was as much imitated as criticized. The king gave her castles, lands, jewelry basically everything she asked for. He gave her a lordship called « Beauty » so that she can be called at the court « La dame de Beauté » the Lady of Beauty, that’s just so romantic.
Unfortunately she died giving birth to her fourth daughter at the age of 28. The king, deeply saddened by her death, asked the best artists at the time in France to made her a beautiful sculpted tomb than can still be seen today.