Anne “Ninon” de l’Enclos (Nov. 10, 1620 –Oct. 17, 1705)
A French author, courtesan, freethinker and patron of the arts. She was determined to remain unmarried and took pride in her independent income. Her public opposition to organized religion brought to her arrest, only to be released on the request of queen Christina of Sweden. Her drawing room in Paris became a center for discussion and consumption of the literary arts.
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