The favorite of France's king loved gamblings

The favorite of France's king loved gamblings

France's «Sun King» Louis XIV became very prominent figure in the world history. Not only his politics, but also too roaring personal life got a great glory. Besides two wives, Louis had a lot of mistresses. They were not intelligent at all, but very beautiful, that attracted the head of France.

Francoise Athenais de Mortemart was one of Louis' XIV favorites. That lady played a significant role in king's life and influenced lots of his decisions. Such vigorous activity led to the fact that Francoise was often called a real queen of France. However, the favorite of Louis XIV was remembered not only with it. She was a passionate fan of gamblings. Unfortunately, she seldom had a good luck and practically didn’t won. But the behavior of de Mortemart at a game table was absolutely reckless.

Once again the heroine managed to lose 4 million francs just for a half an hour. Even nowadays it is rather an impressive sum but in the past centuries it was really fabulous. The good-natured to his favorites king forgave such deed. However, the king had to impose a supplementary tax to boost the coffers of the country that cost common residents a pretty penny. There were no other huge loses in life of Francoise Athenais de Mortemart, or perhaps, the history simply didn’t preserve them.

 
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