I travelled deeply into this subject when writing my novel. So many theories.
The main one being that Anne of Austria finally got pregnant after more than 20 years of marriage to Louis XIII ergo – she’d found a lover ‘cos Louis hated her and was woodless (?)
Some say it was Richelieu . . . stopping to LOL . . . but whomever, she actually gave birth to twins and one of them had to be hidden.
This is the BASIC BS story.
Anyway, if this was true (unladylike snort) then the Man in the Mask would look pretty ugly after 30 odd years wearing iron on his boat race.
There is a lesson here somewhere, methinks :o)
P.S. Oh Pish. Pignerol was one of those StarForty things ? ? ?