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Marie Jeanne du Barry, comtesse

(1743—1793) French courtier and mistress of Louis XV


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(1743–93)

Favourite of Louis XV of France. She was a great beauty who in 1769 became the king's mistress and influenced him until his death in 1774. Choiseul criticized her and she may have helped to bring about his dismissal. During the French Revolution she was arrested by the Revolutionary Tribunal and guillotined.

Subjects: World History.


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