Madame de Pompadour

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Dutton, Nov 30, 1984 - Biography & Autobiography - 302 pages
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When Madame de Pompadour became the mistress of Louis XV, no one expected her to retain his affections for long. A member of the bourgeoisie rather than an aristocrat, she was physically too cold for the carnal Bourbon king, and had so many enemies that she could not travel publicly without risking a pelting of mud and stones. History has loved her little better. Nancy Mitford's delightfully candid biography re-creates the spirit of eighteenth-century Versailles with its love of pleasure and treachery. We learn that the Queen was a "bore," the Dauphin a "prig," and see France increasingly overcome with class conflict. With a fiction writer's felicity, Mitford restores the royal mistress and celebrates her as a survivor, unsurpassed in "the art of living," who reigned as the most powerful woman in France for nearly twenty years. "No historian writing in English has given a better pen-picture of Versailles in its heyday." -- Time

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User Review  - KateSherrod - LibraryThing

Reading Nancy Mitford's biography of "Reinette" Poisson, whom history knows as Madame de Pompadour, is like sidling up to a knowledgeable guest at a vast party full of strangers and asking her what's ... Read full review

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User Review  - amerynth - LibraryThing

Prior to reading this book, all I knew about Madame de Pompadour came from an episode of "Doctor Who" (Which is to say, given the episode involved a space ship that opened into her fireplace, I knew ... Read full review

Contents

List of Illustrations page
6
Paris and Madame dEtioles
27
The Ball of the Clipped Yew Trees
45
Copyright

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About the author (1984)

Mitford is the author of Noblesse Oblige and Don'tTell ALfred, Pigeon Pie, and Christmas Pudding.

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