Anyone interested in using mistresses for political purposes in BR would do well to consider the NYT Review of Books article on Madame de Pompadour. Three new biographies are out on the famed mistress of Louis XV, and there is discussion in this three page (approx 2000 words) article of the role they played in politics.

The New York Times requires you register a screen name, but it costs nothing to read current articles. (Up to 30 days is current.)

Kenneth Gauck

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