Madame de Pompadour [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Madame de Pompadour

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590175309
  • Publisher: New York Review Books
  • Publication date: 5/9/2012
  • Series: New York Review Books Classics Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 591,051
  • File size: 480 KB

Meet the Author

Nancy Mitford (1904–1973) was the eldest of the “Mitford girls,” the sisters who captured the attention of the English public and press with their literary talents and unpopular politics. Nancy Mitford herself was famous for her novels (The Pursuit of Love, The Blessing, and Don’t Tell Alfred), for her forays into social science (a critical study of the English aristocracy), and for her biographies of famous figures from French history (Madame de Pompadour, Voltaire in Love, and The Sun King).
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Table of Contents

Introduction xiii
1 Versailles and Louis XV 3
2 Paris and Madame d'Etioles 19
3 The Ball of the Clipped Yew Trees 36
4 Fontenoy 47
5 Presentation at Court 60
6 Mourning 76
7 The Staircase 82
8 Pleasure 93
9 Royal Family and Poisson Family 108
10 Power 126
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
16 Politics Abroad 205
17 Damiens 216
18 The Seven Years' War 233
19 Choiseul 253
20 The End of a Dream 264
Bibliography 275
Index 281
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2004

    Well Worth Reading

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2001

    Surely Madame de Pompadour wasn't this boring!

    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'.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2012

    EASY TO Easy to read

    Such a good balance between the world of treasure in which she lived, the rules she had to live by, and the life she made for herself.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted May 3, 2012

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