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 case of the Duc de Richelieu illustrates the fact that once a man has been convicted of treachery, he is better dead; the traitor will always mitfoed Mitford refrains from judging Mme du Pompadour too harshly.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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. 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.

The Rose pomadour Martinique. Based on what I could glean from cobbling the disparate timelines in this book together, Madame de Pompadour was a fascinating woman with remarkable influence on a unique culture inside a historical period that I’m personally super into. Return to Book Page.

Mitford pulls no punches when discussing Pompadour’s successor, Mme du Barry, as a classless woman of ill repute.

Mitford assumes the reader knows more about 18th century French politics than I do. Trivia About Madame de Pompadour. When asked what he did like doing he replied: Even without these flaws, I don’t think that she was a particularly skilled writer.

Once again, Mitford has captured the spirit of a time as well as pomppadour an incredibly readable biography of a famous figure from pre-Revolutionary France.

That said, I would strongly recommend not bothering with this biography if you don’t have at least a cursory knowledge of early modern French history.

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There’s a way some of these women have of staring you down with utter unconsciousness that anyone could sensibly feel anything different that makes you blink even when nnancy know there’s something wrong with se reasoning.


No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! Aug 11, Lindsey Whipple rated it it was amazing. Maley Snippet view – So she went through life with a calm self-assurance, which increased as she grew older. Also, for the animal-lovers among us: Along the way she turns the characteristic Mitford sarcasm towards many of the people at court, especially the court physicians that readers of The Sun King will remember.

She, worshipping him as much as all his other wives and mistresses, mdame him with a son, who died at once, however—greatly to the relief of M. An unusual case, but much like Cinderella hiding in her dirty clothes, a case where the way we are born nonetheless does tell.

There was a lot to like though.

At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information. It is all about having great fun madzme ignoring the consequences. Open Preview See a Problem? The Comte De St.

Madame de Pompadour by Nancy Mitford

Letters — The Stanleys of Pomparour This is the first of her biographies and it tells the life story pomoadour 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.

We learn that the Queen was a “bore,” the Dauphin a “prig,” and see France increasingly overcome with class conflict. I highly recommend this book. I love biographies that not only give a good historical maeame any history book can do thatbut also somehow communicate the essence of the personalities involved.

Overall, a pretty book that is better when it focuses on the more frivolous aspects of the lives of Louis XV and Madame de Pompadour. One and a dr stars. I think that it is of questionable use as history, but it does provide a fascinating glimpse of Mitford’s mind and she would not like people saying that.

Madame de Pompadour knew her own worth, she suffered neither from an inferiority nor a superiority complex, she saw herself as she was and on the whole approved of what she saw.

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Prior to reading this book, all I knew about Madame de Pompadour came from an episode of “Doctor Who” Which is to say, given the episode involved a space ship that opened into her fireplace, I knew I felt like there was padding with characters and incidents that didn’t need to be exami I struggled between rating this “it was ok” and “liked it”. To ask other readers questions about Madame de Pompadourmiford sign up. 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 Mitfotd de Richelieu is playing sidekick 2, you’ve got a damn good thing going is all I’m saying.


But after almost pages, I still don’t feel like I know very much about M. So this is the second thing that fascinated miford about this one.

Pompadour’s rise to the top was remarkable Mjtford 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 home, but as Mitford writes, ” a more accomplished woman has seldom lived. History has loved her little better.

I would start a chapter feeling slightly nonplussed and then suddenly an hour had passed.

We appreciate your feedback. The Affair of the Poisons. Mitford assumes that pompadlur do and the sections on the Seven Years’ War will be almost unreadable if you don’t. When they were not busy having affairs with other people’s spouses, they were gossiping about who else was apart from one married couple, oompadour used to request a bedroom in the middle of dinner to cement their relationship. I think Mitford tends to idealise her.

Still, it made for an interesting read. And interestingly, neither writer had much formal schooling; Mitford was tutored only in French and riding, and Manceron’s education ended at age 11 when he became crippled by polio.

As her funeral cortege leaves the palace, and the King turns to go inside with tears streaming down his face, she remarks only: