Madame de Pompador
The beautiful and intelligent Jeanne Antoinette Poisson - was the chief mistress of Louis XV of France. She controlled the court, and exercised huge influence on the domestic and foreign policies of France. A great supporter of the Philosophes including Voltaire. It is thought that she hated the Jesuits as one Father de Sacy had refused absolution and thus to administer the sacraments to her because of the irregular nature of the relationship. He advised to leave court immediately - which she refused . She then became a subtle but influential opponent of the Society.