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Mailly, Louise Julie, Comtesse De

MAILLY, LOUISE JULIE, COMTESSE DE (1710-1751), mistress of Louis XV. of France, was the daughter of Louis, marquis de Nesle. She was the eldest of three sisters who succeeded one another as favourites of the king. In 1726 she married her cousin, Louis AJexandre de Mailly. Although Louis XV. had paid her attentions from 1 732, she did not become titular mistress until 1738. She did not use her position either to enrich herself or to interfere in politics. She was supplanted by her sister, the duchess of Chateauroux, and obliged to leave court in 1742.

See E. and J. de Goncourt, La Duchesse de Chdteauroux et ses sceurs (1879); Toussaint, Anecdotes curieuses de ... Louis XV. (2 vols., 1905); J. B. H. R. Capefigue, Mesdemoisettes de Nesle et la jeunesse de Louis XV. (1864).

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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