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Louise de La Valliere

Louise de La Valliere (6 August 1644 – 7 June 1710) was the Duchess of La Valliere and the mistress of King Louis XIV of France from 1661 to 1667.


Louise de La Valliere was born in Tours, France on 6 August 1644, the daughter of a French Army officer. She became the maid of honor to Princess Henrietta of England, the wife of Philippe I, Duke of Orleans, and she entered into a relationship with the Duke's brother, King Louis XIV of France, in 1661. Louise was an innocent, religious-minded girl, and she gave birth to several children. After the Madame de Montespan became the King's mistress, La Valliere lost her power, and she entered a convent in 1674. She died in Paris in 1710 at the age of 65.