Secrets of history: Anne of Austria, mother of Louis XIV

Secrets of history: Anne of Austria, mother of Louis XIV

The latest magazine History secrets by Stéphane Bern on Wednesday August 25 will probably be the most interesting of the four issues broadcast this month since Anne of Austria, mother of Louis XIV. Regent of France during the minority of her son, the latter will say of her later: "she deserves to be placed among our greatest kings". With the complicity of Cardinal Mazarin, she will effectively hold the reins of the French monarchy in a very turbulent period in the history of France.

Daughter of Philippe III of Spain, born in Madrid, Anne of Austria married Louis XIII, King of France in 1615. This union was not happy and, from 1620 to 1643, the year of the king's death, the couple lived apart. Cardinal Richelieu, doubting the loyalty of this queen of Spanish origin, accused her on several occasions of having plotted against the king, but he was never able to prove his allegations. When Louis XIII died, their son, the future King Louis XIV, was only five years old. Anne became regent and ruled with Mazarin, her principal minister. Together, they managed to ward off the threats that weighed on the crown during the Fronde (1648-1653). In 1661, when Louis XIV ascended the throne, Anne retired to a convent.

Secrets of History, Anne of Austria, mysterious mother of the Sun King, Wednesday August 25 at 8:35 pm on France 2. Replay August 30 at 1:25 am.

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