Inevitable a post of this magnitude must have been haunted by some unpleasantness which is definitely the case with the role of the Superintendent. Louis XIV actually placed two of his favourites, Olympe Mancini and Madame de Montespan, in this dominating position which can not have been easy for Marie Thérèse - especially since the humiliation was performed twice.
Marie Leszczynska was so fed up with the extent of these privileges that upon the death of her Superintendent, Mademoiselle de Clermont, she asked the King to leave the post unemployed. It remained thus until Marie Antoinette appointed the Princesse de Lamballe to the powerful post, something she was later to partially regret when she had somewhat tired of the Princesse.
|Olympe Mancini - Superintendent to Marie Thérèse|
|Madame de Montespan - Superintendent (by|
order of Louis XIV) to Marie Thérèse.
|Mademoiselle de Clermont - Superintendent to Marie Leszczynska|
|Princesse de Lamballe - Superintendent to Marie Antoinette|