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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View all 6 comments. According to all accounts, she was highly intelligent, a good strategist, nncy to look at and never told a lie.

The Memoirs of Victor Hugo. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Taylor were cruel in their reviews–but unlike a dull monograph, it offers not only the story of Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson later to become the marquise and then duchesse de Pompadour but a real glimpse into what life was like at Versailles under the Ancien Regime. When I first started it I really liked it nancu thought – I wish all the history books I read at university were this interesting.

Madame de Pompadour by Nancy Mitford

Still, it made for an interesting read. Mitford writes as though she knew Pompadour intimately. As for the Prussians, when they came back to earth after seven years on their favourite planetthey dd that their ally had been acquiring world-wide dominion at the cost of a few hundred English lives, while they had ruined themselves, lost the flower of their manhood, suffered from famine and Russian atrocities, made themselves loathed throughout the Empire, and all, it seemed, for the sake of a sandy plain.

Aug 11, Lindsey Whipple rated it it was amazing. plmpadour


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So this is the second thing that fascinated me about this one. She is not intimidated by Versailles, and she expects that you will be equally comfortable walking about the ancient pile while she waves her hand at “oh that old Hall of Mirrors, it really is just too dusty I keep telling Mother the maids really do forget to dust in there, oh mind your dress darling the step is just a bit uneven there, this way loves, we’ll have a picnic lunch by the lake today, shall we, it’s lovely outside Also, for the animal-lovers among us: Pompadour’s rise to the top was remarkable A bourgeiosie with a beautiful but rather common mother who had made a very fortunate alliance after the banishment of her husband she was educated at madake, but as Mitford writes, ” a more accomplished woman has seldom lived.

Jul 16, Eric rated it liked it Shelves: I came into this knowing nearly nothing about Madame de Pompadour and I left knowing at least an outline of the events of her life. Estate management and consequently food production suffered.

So she went through life with a calm self-assurance, which increased as she grew older. I never knew maadme about la Pompadour, so I decided to rectify that situation.

Her ultimate verdict on the story of Madame de Pompadour and its meaning really is that of a hostess, or someone who has been a guest for many years. The Ladies of Alderley: I had no idea that Madame de Pompadour had such an influence at the French court that, through her actions, she changed the course of the war with Prussia and England and, consequently, had a great influence in the course of French history.

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Maley Snippet view – A bit on the lady herself: Mar 25, Jessi rated it really liked it. As the quotes above might show, her aristocratic ease and sense of belonging to this world means that she feels free to make pompadoru pronouncements on it. There’s really no reason to make it a bigger drama than that and those who do well She goes on rapturously about the beautiful houses she built and decorated with her exquisite taste, and seems to save the greatest of her pity for these troubled times for how her houses didn’t last long after her death- after all, beauty and art are what should be appreciated above all.


May 30, Mshelton50 rated it really liked it. The court was snobbish, with courtiers vying for position and influence. The Comte De St.

When I’m with the king I say to myself, “This man can have my head chopped off.

Marie-Therese, Child of Terror. As her funeral cortege leaves the palace, and the King turns to go inside with tears streaming down his face, she remarks only: One could picture her as a good hostess handing these out to her guests to busy them at a house party rather than gossiping to them herself all night long since she has a cold in her throat. So what remains of this woman who cost us so much in men and money, left us without honor and without energy, and who overthrew the whole political system of Europe?

Paperbackpages. She had amazing taste especially for Champagne! Love and Louis XIV.