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Clients and Friends: The Ladies-in-Waiting at the Court of Anne of Austria (1615–66)

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This chapter focuses in more detail on the function, role and importance of ladies-in-waiting at the court and within the patronage system of Anne of Austria, from her arrival in France in 1615 to her death in 1666. The female office holders had the same obligations concerning strict loyalty and obedience towards the queen as their male colleagues. Therefore the ladies-in-waiting also had to be sworn into offices that underscored both their high-ranking position at court and their close commitment to their mistress. Nevertheless, the ladies-in-waiting benefited also from numerous privileges. The chapter also focuses on a more detailed example of a lady-in-waiting and her 'career' at court, Marie-Catherine de La Rochefoucauld, Baroness of Luguet, Marquise de Senecey, Duchess of Randan, and Peer of France, who served as Anne of Austria's dame d'honneur.

Keywords: Anne of Austria; Baroness of Luguet; dame d'honneur; ladies-in-waiting; Marquise de Senecey



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