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Louise de Kérouaille

Full Name: Louise de Kérouaille

Nationality: French

Title: Duchess of Portsmouth

Age: 27 (b. 1649)

Gender: Female

Eye Color: Blue

Hair Color: Blonde

Marital Status: Single

 

Physical Attributes and Personality

A blond voluptuous woman, who was described as chubby, hence the nickname "Fubs" which Charles II used for her.

 

Is known by some as "The Weeping Willow," referring to her being extremely emotional.

 

Background

One of the King's mistresses. She is widely scorned for being French, Catholic, and being prideful about both. She bore the King a son in 1672, that she named after him, who was made Duke of Richmond in 1675.

 

Up and down the fortunes of Portsmouth go. After falling out of favour because of the ascendancy of Catriona MacGregor, Louise briefly came back as a favourite because the King sought her arms when his baby boy died. Hortense Mancini had already arrived however, making Louise no more certain of her position with Christmas. She is of course attending in Windsor, having one of the largest apartments.

 

(Fudge information: In our game Louise is blond. There is conflicting information on this and historical research shows she was most likely brown haired. The series The Last King probably contributed to the confusion.)

 

Saint George's Day Awards, 1676

Received a Medals of Charity for her tireless work with Memorial Gardens

 

Residence

In London, she has a suite in Whitehall Palace. Due to the queen's insistence that the royal mistresses leave London, she now resides in Chelsea (as of Spring 1677).

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Paul de Beauvilliers

 

Full Name: Paul de Beauvilliers

Title: Comte de Saint-Aignan and Beauvilliers (son of the Duc de Saint-Aignan and heir to a duchy-pairie)

Estate Name:

Nationality: French

Age: 29 (b. 1648)

Gender: Male

Eye Color: Blue

Hair Color: light brown

 

Physical Attributes

A young man with legs made for dancing and observant blue eyes.

 

Personality

Saint-Aignan is a man who was raised at court. From the young age of 18, he has been the premiere gentleman of the bedchamber to Louis XIV. He has an easy grace and nonchalance about him, as if everything is simple and no large matter. Neither modest or boastful, this heir is comfortable and confident in himself and his position as a confidant of his King.

 

 

Background

Born in Saint-Aignan in Berry, he is the son of François de Beauvilliers, 1st duc de Saint-Aignan, a duc of the pairie and one of the highest nobles in the realm. As First Gentleman of the King's Bedchamber (Premier gentilhomme de la Chambre du roi) in 1666, he has daily access to Louis XIV and much influence at court. He married Henriette-Louise Colbert, the second daughter of Colbert in 1671. He then became the brother-in-law of Charles Honoré d'Albert, duc de Chevreuse, who is a good friend of his. They traveled to England together with Monsieur and Lorraine in Spring 1677 to make amends for the attempted assassination of the King at Windsor.

 

 

See Also

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_de_Beauvilliers,_2nd_duc_de_Saint-Aignan

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Charles Honoré d'Albert de Luynes

Full Name: Charles Honoré d'Albert de Luynes

Title: Duc de Chevreuse (son of the Duc de Luynes)

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Nationality: French

Age: 30 (b. 11/1646)

Gender: Male

Eye Color: brown

Hair Color: light brown

 

Physical Attributes

Chevreuse has a pleasing face and a long thin nose with a button on the end, lips with a natural curl upward, and a confident presence. He is of average height.

 

Personality

Chevreuse is shrewd and witty, a prime example of French courtly behaviour and presence. He excels at ballet and plays many instruments. He is very cultured and very similar to his brother-in-law Saint-Aignan.

 

Background

The duc has no state position but is known as a very influential and private adviser of Louis XIV. He is a minister of the king who holds no state position other than being oft in his company. He is married to a daughter of Colbert, with whom he has children. He is also the great friend and brother in law of Saint-Aignan. They both came with Monsieur and Lorraine in 1677 during their trip to make amends for the assassination attempt at Windsor.

 

See Also

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Honor%C3%A9_d%27Albert,_duc_de_Luynes,_de_Chaulnes_et_de_Chevreuse

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François Neuville

 

Full Name: François Joseph Maria Neuville

Nationality: French

Title: Lord Neuville (by courtesy), Eldest son of Comte de Baligne, Diplomat at the French Embassy

Age: 29 (b. 1647)

Gender: Male

Eye Color: Black

Hair Color: Black

Marital Status: Married

 

Physical Description

Fashionably French, this darkhaired diplomat doesn't wear a periwig. His black hair curls slightly and is worn in a ponytail. He favours green. His bearing is elegant and graceful.

 

Background

He's known as a gallant, and somewhat of a ladies man. He doesn't shy away from courtier's pleasures, including a gambling habit.

 

Oldest son of the Comte de Baligne. Married to Alexandra Neuville (nee Rosewyck), granddaughter of the Constable of Cornwall.

 

Friends with Gabriel Richmond and Maxwell Parker, passing acquaintance with Thomas Lennard, the Earl of Sussex.

 

Distant cousin to Madeline Durand and Cecile Besacon.

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