04/03/2012 10:49 am ET

The Truth About Being A Mistress

This week we take a plunge into the realm of famous mistresses in history. Not because we're glorifying adultery or the objectifying of women, but to point out it was a well known role historically and how truly unglamorous it really was. In "days of yore", marriage between people of royal blood, fame, money or influence was never really about love, but more about advantageous alliances. Therefore, the presence of a mistress was almost a given… as long as it was discreet.

From the outside looking in, being the other woman can seem exciting. But once you lost your influence, your lover died or you were just simply replaced, then being the chick on the side always ended badly.

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