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|1||Versailles and Louis XV||3|
|2||Paris and Madame d'Etioles||19|
|3||The Ball of the Clipped Yew Trees||36|
|5||Presentation at Court||60|
|9||Royal Family and Poisson Family||108|
|11||Friends and Table Talk||139|
|12||Tastes and Interests||156|
|13||From Love to Friendship||168|
|14||The Affaire Choiseul-Romanet||180|
|15||Politics at Home||188|
|18||The Seven Years' War||233|
|20||The End of a Dream||264|
Posted April 11, 2004
I looked forward to reading this book with great interest. Not only was I interested in the subject, but the author as well. I found the book to be extremely intelligent, insightful, witty and sympathetic to the subject and her circumstances. I have read many books on on this and related subjects, and there is something particularly charming and graceful about this book. It is,consequently,one of my favorites on this subject.
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Posted April 15, 2001
Although I can agree with the publisher's view that no 'historian writing in English' can give a better 'pen-picture of Versailles', this statement must be referring to Ms. Mitford's study of Louis XIV in her 'The Sun King'. No way does her Madame de Pompadour compare. It was very disappointing and my interest was lost quite quickly. Except for naming every name under the sun that ever had anything to do with Madame, there isn't substance. Madame's personality is not clearly defined, the descriptions of her relationship with Louis XV makes me wonder why he ever bothered with her, and there was no sense of the grandeur of Versailles and the court life at all. For a truly excellent read on that time period, PLEASE enjoy 'The Sun King'.
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Posted May 3, 2012
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