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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. 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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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.

And what have I taken from it? In Mitford moved from Paris to Versailles, where she lived until her death from Hodgkin’s disease. Criminal, Spy, and Private Eye. Continue shopping Checkout Continue shopping.

Madame de Pompadour

The values being imbibed, the educational program, and the history being taught was not so different, and the society was still to maame great degree closed. I don’t know the history well enough to know how well research I’ve wanted to read a biography about Madame du Pompadour ever since I saw her on a Doctor Who episode.

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. I struggled between rating this “it was ok” and “liked it”.


Madame de Pompadour – Nancy Mitford – Google Books

Her Madame de Pompadour is equally fun. The book has an almost gossipy style that is well-suited for a mistress of a king.

Mitford writes as though she knew Pompadour intimately. That is not to say this is at all a bad book.

Napoleon at Home — Vol. When I found out that one of the Mitford sisters had written about the King’s mistress, I couldn’t wait to read the book. Mitford retains some of her pompadohr tone while also putting those she does not care for in their place, striking a balance between substance and commentary. View all 4 comments. Since this book doesn’t tell the story of M.

Madame de Pompadour Nancy Mitford Limited preview – I had no idea that An enjoyable biography of that greatest of all courtisanes, Madame de Pompadour, told in the extremely posh voice of Nancy Mitford. From her beginnings as Jeanne Antoinette Poisson to the cultural curator of the French court, Nancy Mitford chronicles the rise and death of the most famous Fr Let’s get this out here first: 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.

I read very quickly through the constant house moving and decorating, hunting, card playing and all the fixation about who sat next to whom at dinner. Ye gods, what a trial. The King very rarely invited husbands and wives together; it did not make for sparkle. 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.


Mar 25, Jessi rated it really liked it. Although apparently not that fond of jewellery she had plenty of it. I think part of it really does have to do with the fact that so many of them descended from the aristocracy.

Madame de Pompadour’s excursion into politics will not give much satisfaction to madaame feminist. She had amazing taste especially for Champagne! Imtford for telling us about d problem. Don’t worry—Mitford takes plenty of detours to explore the minutiae of these background players’ lives and she’s sure to include multiple names for each of them so you’ll have a bitch of a time keeping them all straight! Trivia About Madame de Pompadour.

A bit on the lady herself: And now make it witty, classy, and dismissive. In other words, it’s a shame that NYRB Classics neglected to include a family tree or, better still, a dramatis personae, for the casual reader unfamiliar with the late Ancien Regime of Pompadour’s lover, King Louis XV’s France will likely be lost in a sea of unfamiliar names, political issues, and bewildering Versailles ettiquitte.

Sep 25, Chris S.

A Portrait by Mikhail Bulgakov.