free ebooks
Queens of the French Stage by H. Noel Williams

QUEENS OF THE FRENCH STAGE

[Illustration: _Adrienne Lecouvreur._

_After the painting by Charles Coypel_]

QUEENS OF THE FRENCH STAGE

BY H. NOEL WILLIAMS

AUTHOR OF "MADAME RECAMIER AND HER FRIENDS," "MADAME DE POMPADOUR," "MADAME DE MONTESPAN," "MADAME DU BARRY," ETC.

NEW YORK CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS 153-157 FIFTH AVENUE 1905

CONTENTS

PAGE

I. THE WIFE OF MOLIERE 1

II. MARIE DE CHAMPMESLE 87

III. ADRIENNE LECOUVREUR 127

IV. MADEMOISELLE DE CAMARGO 197

V. JUSTINE FAVART 223

VI. MADEMOISELLE CLAIRON 273

INDEX 353

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

ADRIENNE LECOUVREUR. (_Photogravure_) _Frontispiece_ _After the painting by_ CHARLES COYPEL

ARMANDE BEJART _to face page_ 24 _After a contemporary drawing in the collection of_ M. HENRY HOUSSAYE, _of the Academia Francaise_

JEAN RACINE " 96 _From an engraving by_ VERTUE

MAURICE DE SAXE " 168 _After the painting by_ HYACINTHE RIGAUD

MADEMOISELLE PREVOST " 200 _After the painting by_ JEAN RAOUX, _in the Music of Tours_

MADEMOISELLE DE CAMARGO " 208 _From the painting by_ LANCRET, _in the Wallace Collection at Hertford House_

JUSTINE FAVART " 240 _After the drawing by_ CHARLES NICOLAS COCHIN _fils_

MADEMOISELLE CLAIRON " 296 _After the painting by_ CARLE VAN LOO

ELIZABETH BERKELEY, Countess of Craven (afterwards Margravine of Anspach) " 344 _After the drawing by_ SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS

QUEENS OF THE FRENCH STAGE

I

THE WIFE OF MOLIERE

Few women in French history have been the subject of more discussion than the young girl whom Moliere married, at the church of Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois, on February 20, 1662.

Armande Gresinde Claire Elisabeth Bejart, for that was the bride's name, is described in the marriage deed as the daughter of the late Joseph Bejart, _ecuyer_, sieur de Belleville, and of his widow, Marie Herve. Joseph Bejart, it should be stated, had died shortly before, or shortly after, Armande's birth.


eBook Search
Social Sharing
Share Button
About us

freefictionbooks.org is a collection of free ebooks that can be read online. Ebooks are split into pages for easier reading and better bookmarking.

We have more than 35,000 free books in our collection and are adding new books daily.

We invite you to link to us, so as many people as possible can enjoy this wonderful free website.

© 2010-2013 freefictionbooks.org - All Rights Reserved.

Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Contact Us