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Ould not travel publicly without risking a pelting of mud and stones History has loved her little better Nancy Mitford's delightfully candid biography recreates the spirit of 18th century Versailles with its love of pleasure and treachery We learn and see Louis XV Mme explain the worldly French sexyouall sensibility after 5 6 years the pash is over we should all know that and love deepens while outsider sexercises play on Yes some of us know but few have the French toleration understanding Nancy Mitford reports with her usual sparkleI will NOT expand as doubles prices on books with good GR reviews I discovered this when I went to buy a gift etc also doubles prices on books that get well reviewed on its site These lines were writ in 2013 Passenger 13 (Ben Hope, travel publicly without risking a pelting of mud and stones History has loved her little better Nancy Mitford's delightfully candid biography recreates Gansett Island Boxed Set Books 1- 10.5 the spirit of 18th century Versailles with its love of pleasure and The Sunday Potluck Club (The Sunday Potluck Club, treachery We learn and see Louis XV Mme explain The Mission Primer the worldly French sexyouall sensibility after 5 6 years Tao Te Ching: A New English Version the pash is over we should all know Decorum that and love deepens while outsider sexercises play on Yes some of us know but few have Zen Doodle Unleashed the French Thick toleration understanding Nancy Mitford reports with her usual sparkleI will NOT expand as doubles prices on books with good GR reviews I discovered DIGIGRA sexy gravure vol395 yua kuramochi this when I went Folk Shawls to buy a gift etc also doubles prices on books Why Knock Rock? that get well reviewed on its site These lines were writ in 2013

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Madame de Pompadour

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 c As well as her wonderful novels Nancy Mitford also wrote four less known historical biographies Madame de Pompadour in 1954 Voltaire in Love in 1957 The Sun King in 1966 and Frederick the Great in 1970 This is the first of her biographies and it tells the life story of Jeanne Antoinette Poisson who despite her comparatively lowly beginnings was told by a fortune teller when she was nine that she would rule over the heart of a King and believed this prophecy completely Despite being married with a young daughter she saw her future as the mistress of the King of France and set about making herself the most influential woman at Court for many yearsThe new Maruis de Pompadour comes alive in this biography as Nancy Mitford delights in recreating the splendour of Versailles Madame de Pompadour comes across as a generally kindly woman who treated the ueen with respect had a great love of family a good sense of humour and was deeply in love with the King We read of her love of the theatre power struggles in the Court war politics and an attempt on the King s life which nearly ended her relationship with him This is not the most scholarly biography you will read but it is immense fun Mitford writes as though she knew Pompadour intimately Her style is sniping gossipy opinionated and she does not even pretend to be unbiased about her subject The book comes alive when she discusses the world of Versailles with the power struggles etiuette jealousies and rivalries which obviously interest her far than the world of politics or battles This is a wonderfully enjoyable read although even when it was first published it was seen as entertainment than a serious work of history Still her warm and informal style certainly paved the way for many modern history books aimed at the casual reader than scholarly works which were the norm at that time As such her biographies work perfectly as they are utterly enjoyable and Mitford s sheer delight in the world of Versailles shines through

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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 yea Biographies are my kind of book I ve probably said it before but if they re well written they re an instant 4 star read for me This one I rated 3 stars Looking back that s probably harsh but while I liked it I didn t really like it Sometimes Nancy s writing got a little confused jumping around in chronological order and made a lot of assumptions about our knowledge of French life and courts as well as being able to read passages in French There was a lot to like though Nancy has an intimate way of writing that really draws you into the story I bet she d have made a great palace gossip of this period I also liked how well Madame de Pompadour came across It was obvious that Nancy found her fabulous and this was infectious I loved her too In fact I wonder now why I didn t rate it 4 stars


10 thoughts on “Madame de Pompadour

  1. says:

    Nineteenth century historians shocked by the contemplation of such a merry pointless life have been at great pains to emphasize the boredom from which they say the whole Court and the King suffered No doubt a life devoted to pleasure

  2. says:

    I've long been a fan of Nancy Mitford having read the incredible biography of her family The Sisters The Saga of the Mitford Family and then two of her novels ink The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate This is Mitford's biography of Madame de Pompadour I picked this one up fresh off of reading Erik Larson's The Splendid and the Vile A

  3. says:

    As well as her wonderful novels Nancy Mitford also wrote four less known historical biographies Madame de Pompadour in 1954 Voltaire in Love in 1957 The Sun King in 1966 and Frederick the Great in 1970 This is the first of her biographies and it tells the life story of Jeanne Antoinette Poisson who despite her comparatively lowly beginnings was told by a fortune teller when she was nine that she would rule ov

  4. says:

    Louis XV Mme explain the worldly French sexyouall sensibility after 5 6 years the pash is over we should all know that and love deepens while outsider sexercises play on Yes some of us know but few have the French toleration understanding Nancy Mitford reports with her usual sparkleI will NOT expand as doubles

  5. says:

    An enjoyable biography of that greatest of all courtisanes Madame de Pompadour told in the extremely posh voice of Nancy Mitford Nancy Mitford is through her own aristocratic upbringing very apt in commenting on the ways of the French court and courtiers I must confess that I was sometimes getting a bit bored by the abund

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    I've never posted an image before other than book covers so this is likely to be painful I don't know why I'm starting with La Pompadour as her brother apparently said that none of the many portraits of her resembled her But I have always loved this Boucher paintingMitford's style is conversational I felt like I was was back in the 18th century having a good old gossip over a cup of tea No doubt Nancy I would have been whispering behind

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    Louis XV and Madame de Pompadour hold the center but are not always as interesting as the supporting players Voltaire appears in his fascinating duality flattering and satirical unctuous and petulant apt to bite the hands that feed him Mitford describes the “laudatory poem” he penned after the victory over the English at Fonten

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    UNPOPULAR OPINION THIS DID NOT DO IT FOR ME 🤷‍♀️ ✨ Popsugar Reading Challenge 2019✨ ✨✨Two books that share the same title✨✨When it comes to biographies of Madame the Pompadour this one is most often revered as the best of

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    Biographies are my kind of book I've probably said it before but if they're well written they're an instant 4 sta

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    Madame de Pompadour excelled at an art which the majority of human beings thoroughly despise because it is unprofitable and ephemeral the art of livingDecadent 18th century French life told in the crisp tones of the 1950's An unusual and cute biography that I don't think you could get away with publishing today Nancy Mitford writ

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