Du Barry, Jeanne Bécu

Madame du Barry, last Maîtresse-en-titre of Louis XV of France, 1743-1793

While Jeanne was known for her good nature and support of artists, she grew increasingly unpopular because of the king's financial extravagance towards her. She was forever in debt despite her huge monthly income from the king-at one point three hundred thousand livres. Her relationship with Marie Antoinette, who was married to the Dauphin of France, was contentious. In 1792, Madame du Barry was suspected of financially assisting émigrés who had fled the French Revolution and in the following year she was finally arrested. On 8 December 1793, Madame du Barry was beheaded by means of the guillotine on the Place de la Révolution.