The Lady of Beauty and Nudity

Agnès Sorel, the first official royal mistress who scandalized the French court

Agnès Sorel as Madonna Lacans

Mistresses influenced the French court in a manner unmatched by other European kingdoms. In France, a mistress was expected and accepted, like any other position in the King’s favor. The role of the official mistress, who ruled the king and his by extension, his kingdom, was first…