Marie-Madeleine Pioche de la Vergne was born in Paris in 1634. in 1656 she married the
Comte de Lafayette, had two sons, and lived on his country estate. She then returned to
Paris, and the couple remained largely separate from then on. She started a literary salon
with her close friends Madame de Sevigne and the Duc de la Rochefoucauld. She also mixed in
court circles and wrote a biography of her friend Henriette, wife of the Duc d'Orleans,
after her death. She is mostly remembered for her novels. She died in 1693.