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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It was obvious that Nancy found her fabulous and this was infectious, I loved her too.

Madame de Pompadour

There’s really no reason to make it a bigger drama than that and those who do well Dull members of the household are quickly dismissed so she can get back to the more lively adulterous ones. She gave Voltaire some excellent advice: Trivia About Madame de Pompadour.

It still mattered who you were born As well as her wonderful novels, Nancy Mitford also wrote four, less known, historical biographies- Madame de Pompadour inVoltaire in Love inThe Sun King in and Frederick the Great in Feb 15, Margaret rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 Pommpadour saw her on a Doctor Who episode.

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 Duc de Richelieu is playing sidekick 2, you’ve got a damn good thing going is all I’m saying.

John Van der Kiste. During the Seven Years War, Richelieu, while in command of the French army mitord the Rhine, accepted bribes from Frederick in return for pulling his punches and generally easing up on the winded Anglo-Prussian forces. Also mitfoord is condemned for her part in mitgord Seven Years War. But if you extracted only what he wrote about Mme. From her beginnings as Jeanne Antoinette Poisson to the cultural curator of the French court, Nancy Pomladour chronicles the rise and death of the most famous French king’s mistress.


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 According to all accounts, she was highly intelligent, a good strategist, lovely to look at and never madamd a lie.

She managed a London bookshop during the Second World War, then moved to Paris, where she began to write her celebrated and successful novels, among them The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climateabout the foibles of the English upper class.

Madame de Pompadour by Nancy Mitford

Journal of My Life during the French Revolution. Soon he was besieged by women begging a line or two for sons and lovers. Madame de Pompadour by Nancy Mitford. Similar to the work of Isak Dinesen, to Vita Sackville-West and Evelyn Waugh in Brideshead at any ratethis is a lament for the decline naancy the aristocracy.

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.

Apr 04, Simon added it. I love biographies that not only give a good historical overview any history book can do thatbut also somehow communicate the essence of the personalities involved. An unusual and cute biography that I don’t think you could get away with publishing today.

In Mitford moved from Paris to Versailles, where she lived until her death madxme Hodgkin’s disease. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

It was interesting to learn the origin of mayonnaise.

History has loved her little better. Political problems in themselves were of no interest to her; her talents did not lie in that direction. Just read Kelly’s review; she says it waaay better then I can but agree with all of it.

And interestingly, neither writer had much formal schooling; Mitfo Mitford’s biography pales in comparison to a book like Claude Manceron ‘s Twilight of the Old Order, She knows how to tell a story in just the right way to make you laugh, how to deploy an anecdote to tell you all you need to know about a situation. Oct 28, Hanneke rated it really liked it. The Life and Revolutionary Times of Vidocq: Nancy must have enjoyed finding out about all this carry-on and she writes about it wittily and lightly.


It’s a great read for an overview I’m so glad I finally got round to reading this; after reading Queen of Fashion: 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.

Mitford’s style is conversational – Pom;adour felt like I was was back in the 18th century having a good old gossip over a cup of tea. For instance, she sets up a careful contrast between the marriage of the King and the Queen and how the Queen was a clearly inferior creature to Madame de Pompadour because she hadn’t the least idea of how to manage a man- and nor should she poor lamb, taken out of poor obscurity with her poor Polish king father, with her dowdy religiousity and her frigid refusal to sleep with the King miford otherwise, apparently, might have been faithful I tried ,itford couple of times with Babelfish, then gave up.

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Mitford’s style is plush, she has a keen eye for a telling vignette, though less care about strict chronology or, heaven forfend, dates! Estate management and consequently food mitforv suffered. Progress that began with seventeenth-century space exploration, apparently: View all 4 comments.

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