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Louis Charles de Lévis-Ventadour, Marquis d'Annonay puis 5ème. Duc de Ventadour & Pair de France (1647-1717).

Louis Charles de Lévis – 18 September was a French nobleman and Duke of Ventadour. His wife was the governess of the infant Louis XV and his only child Anne Geneviève made two prestigious marriages into contemporary nobility.

Philippe, 4th Duc de Vendome, by Jacob Ferdinand Voet. (1655–1727) The Grand Prior for France in the Order of Malta, Vendôme held senior military positions throughout his life, in various command roles. Born to Louis de Bourbon, duc de Vendôme, and Laura Mancini. Died w/o issue; find no record of a marriage.

Jacob Ferdinand Voet — Portrait of Philippe, Chevalier de Vendôme (future Duke of Vendôme), Grand Prior of the Knights of Malta in France

Louise de la Valliere as St. Helena by a follower of Abraham Janssens (c. 1660s)

Louise de la Valliere as St Helena, 1660 (school of Abraham Janssens)

Duchess de la Vallière accompanied by her children by Jean Gilbert Murat after Pierre Mignard

Portrait presumed to be the Duchess de la Vallière accompanied by her children by Jean Gilbert Murat after Pierre Mignard (Versailles)

Portrait of a lady, half-length, in a black cloak with a red bow Oil Painting - Louis Tocque

Portrait of a lady, half-length, in a black cloak with a red bow Oil Painting - Louis Tocque

A portrait of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVIs Children: Marie Therese and Louis Charles by Ludwig Guttenbrunn

A portrait of Louis-Charles and Marie-Therese Charlotte, children of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette by Ludwig Guttenbrunn. source: my scan; Marie-Therese: The Fate of Marie-Antoinette’s Daughter by Susan Nagel

Philippe, Chevalier de Lorraine, became the lover of Philippe I, Duke of Orléans, in 1658. The Chevalier was considered "as beautiful as an angel" & the perfect tool through which the Duke's brother, Louis XIV, could keep the Duke controlled & distracted so that Louis wasn't challenged for the throne. The Chevalier did a great job of controlling & distracting the Duke, earning a reputation for being, "As greedy as a vulture, this cadet... hooked Monsieur like a harpooned whale."

Philippe, Chevalier de Lorraine, became the lover of Philippe I, Duke of Orléans, in 1658. The Chevalier was considered "as beautiful as an angel" & the perfect tool through which the Duke's brother, Louis XIV, could keep the Duke controlled & distracted so that Louis wasn't challenged for the throne. The Chevalier did a great job of controlling & distracting the Duke, earning a reputation for being, "As greedy as a vulture, this cadet... hooked Monsieur like a harpooned whale."

Philippe de France, Monsieur, duc d'Orléans, d'après Mignard

Philippe de France, Monsieur, duc d'Orléans, d'après Mignard

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