Miranda Robbins is Director of Publications at the American Academy in Berlin. (March 2010)

Fly High & Fall

Madame de Maintenon; seventeenth-century enamel miniature by Jean Petitot the Elder
At Versailles during the night of October 9, 1683, three months after the death of his wife, Maria Teresa of Spain, Louis XIV, King of France and Navarre, married Mme de Maintenon, the former governess of his children by his recently discarded mistress, the marquise de Montespan. The marriage was …