He studied with his sisters' governess until he was nine, when he was sent to a school at Walthamstow.
After dinner Speranski's daughter and her governess rose.
In 1674 the king determined to have his children at court, and their governess, who had now made sufficient fortune to buy the estate of Maintenon, accompanied them.
Encouraged by his mother, and under the influence of his governess Madame de Roucoulle, and of his first tutor Duhan, a French refugee, he acquired an excellent knowledge of French and a taste for literature and music. He even received secret lessons in Latin, which his father invested with all the charms of forbidden fruit.
"And who is this?" she asked her governess, peering into the face of her own daughter dressed up as a Kazan-Tartar.