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Montpensier, Louise d'Orleans, Duchesse de (1657-93), was daughter of Gaston, Duc d'Orleans and niece of Louis XIII. Disappointed in her wish to marry Louis XIV., "Mademoiselle" revenged herself on Mazarin by her warlike exploits. In the second Fronde she herself commanded an army, captured Orleans, and afterwards took possession of the Bastille. After the battle of the Faubourg St.-Antoine (1652) she lived in the Luxembourg and mediated between the Royalists and the Frondeurs. She married the Duc de Lauzun; but his cruelty caused a separation, and she became devote. She left Memoires which are of great historical interest. [Orleans.]