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. Nancy Mitford (–) was born into the British aristocracy and, by her own Mitford was also the author of four biographies: Madame de Pompadour. Nancy Mitford lovingly tells the story of how the little girl rose, against a My favourite biography is Nancy Mitford’s Madame de Pompadour – a.

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The biography certainly provides many hilarious anecdotes and interesting stories.

It was interesting to learn the origin of mayonnaise. Mitford assumes that you do and mmitford sections on the Seven Years’ War will be almost unreadable if you don’t. That is not to say this is at all a bad book. For a short book, Madame de Pompadour took forever to read.

Richelieu made up his quarrel with Maurepas when that minister was recalled, after twenty-seven years of exile, by Louis XVI; they used to sit together for hours on end at Versailles, which they alone, now, could remember under Louis XIV, regretting the glories of the past… Finally, a bit of humor from the Dauphin: Refresh and try again.

According to all accounts, she was highly intelligent, a good strategist, lovely to look at and never told a lie. Or, get it for Kobo Super Points! When Madame de Pompadour ceased sleeping with the king, by contrast, Mitford applauds how well she manages to keep his love despite it all, though she is realistic about the nearby brothel that develops to replace her.

When asked what he did like doing he replied: She, worshipping him as much as all his other wives and mistresses, presented him with a son, who died at once, however—greatly to the relief of M. Mitford was also the author of four biographies: She was one of the noted Mitford sisters and the first to publicise the extraordinary family life of her very English and very eccentric family, giving rise to a “Mitford industry” which continues. Biographies are my kind of book. Not only a historical biography of a woman in a very different world than ours, but an interesting study of France in that time.


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I am not very interested in Madame de Pompadour or Versailles court intrigues, so the fact that this biography of her is opinionated, unreferenced and probably neither complete or accurate does not matter one bit. The author wrote a magnificent portrait of this important historical character who played a positive influence under the Louis XV realty.

Would you like us to take another look at this review? It may not be “serious” history–some professional historians, such as A. The Lost King of France. I know which author I’d like to read more of.

May 9, Imprint: Mitford’s style is plush, she has a keen eye for a telling vignette, though less care about strict chronology or, heaven forfend, dates!

Ostensibly funny, tragically brilliant lines like this break hearts, because they describe devastation with such self-conscious wordplay. A Portrait by Mikhail Bulgakov. Furniture, china, statues, pictures, books, plants, jewels, linen, silver, carriages, horses, yards and hundreds of yards of stuff, trunks full of dresses, cellars full of wine; the inventory of all this, divided into nearly three thousand lots, very few lots containing less than a dozen objects, took two lawyers more than a year to make.

Lists with This Book. It is of course helpful that her subject is fascinating in her own right, and her cast of supporting characters were leading men and ladies in many other stories and indeed can’t help but steal the spotlight from time to time if the Duc de Richelieu is playing sidekick 2, you’ve got a damn good thing going is all I’m saying.

I wish you could see the antiquated Rinaldo who has built himself this romantic bower. Mitford’s final line view spoiler [ After this a very great dullness fell on the Chateau of Versailles hide spoiler ] I can imagine.


Madame de Pompadour

If, when the Regent had enough proof to cut off four of M. Oct 16, Sketchbook rated it really liked it Shelves: Alfred Duff Cooper 1st Viscount Norwich. Madame de Pompadour by Nancy Mitford.

Want to Read Currently Reading ,adame. Just read Kelly’s review; she says it waaay better then I can but agree with all of it. Similar to the work of Isak Dinesen, to Vita Sackville-West and Evelyn Waugh in Brideshead at any ratethis is a lament for the decline of the aristocracy. So she went through life with mitfofd calm self-assurance, which increased as she grew older. Item s unavailable for purchase.

When Madame de Pompadour became the mistress of Louis XV, no one expected her to retain his affections for long. Nancy Mitford’s account of the life of Madame de Pompadour is immensely readable and well presented. 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 madamd years.

Mitford believed the jolly Mme du Barry would have only had the status of these other women if Pompadour had been still alive. Jun 19, Gina rated it pomladour was ok.

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We just need to make sure our friends don’t see us in this shocking state before we’ve had time to get rigged up properly. I would and have read anything Nancy Mitford writes simply for her voice alone, and then, of course, Madame De Pompadour is such an interesting subject. Madame de Pompadour by Nancy Mitford.

But this biography reveals two women, not one, and it is a picture of two times and two mindsets, and the primary one is not the one that takes place in the 18th century.