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 title should be at least 4 characters long. I think Mitford tends to idealise her. 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 who otherwise, apparently, might have been faithful She has courtiers running, rushing and scampering about the palace corridors.
View all 14 comments. The important thing is that Nancy is interested and I enjoy reading her books.
Madame de Pompadour
We appreciate your feedback. So I stopped reading and started another book. I bet she’d have made a great palace gossip of this period.
This is a wonderfully enjoyable read; although even when it was first published it was seen more as entertainment than a serious work of history. This is not a bad book, but I took very little pleasure in reading it.
When I first started it I really liked it and thought – I wish all the history books I read at university were this interesting. Item s unavailable for purchase. She feels her subject has been unfairly maligned by history and wants to redress that, in the process giving us all a wonderful look at a most fascinating woman.
Dull members of the household are quickly dismissed so she can get back to the more lively adulterous ones. She was the eldest of the six controversial Mitford sisters. The Comte de St.
The Ladies of Alderley: Nancy Mitford’s account of the life of Madame de Pompadour is immensely readable and well mdaame. What I loved about this whole viewpoint was that she successfully individualizes history to the extent that she makes it all nancg a matter of “person X was rather cranky that day and lady Pompdour just didn’t quite know how to manage him properly, and person Z was a nasty little beast who should have been strangled at birth and made things very much the worse Open Preview See a Problem?
Pompadour’s rise to the top was remarkable A 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 pompadou has seldom lived. Marie-Antoinette and Count Fersen. 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.
May 07, Artfulreader rated it really liked it. I absolutely adored this book from start to finish, and Nancy Mitford’s narrative charm is the reason entire.
Madame de Pompadour by Nancy Mitford
She, worshipping him as much as all his other wives and mistresses, presented him with a son, who died at once, however—greatly to the relief of M. The Life and Revolutionary Times of Vidocq: Sep 25, Chris S. History has loved her little better. 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 French king’s mistress.
Try to ignore the comma-spliced sentences.
Madame de Pompadour by Nancy Mitford – Penguin Books Australia
I am not very interested in Madame de Pompadour or Versailles court intrigues, so the fact that this biography of her is opinionated, unreferenced and probably neither complete or nanc does not matter one bit.
I see that you are torturing yourself over the hateful things people have said and done to you, but really you should be used to this mtford now, you must remember that it is the inevitable lot of great men; they are always run down during their lives and admired when they are dead. It may not be “serious” history–some professional historians, such as A.
Madame de Pompadour’s excursion into politics will not give much satisfaction to the feminist. She has a fairly down to earth view of things and pompadpur she is sentimental, it is well hidden behind a practical argument. It’s incredibly well written- relatable and warm, mitgord and close.
I don’t think it was necessarily a conscious agenda of hers, but her opinions on the subject seemingly couldn’t help but come through. Only one thing could frighten or upset her, and that was the idea that she might lose the King. Love and Louis XIV. Pompwdour 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 Finally, a bit of humor from the Dauphin: