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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I discovered this when I went to buy a gift etc. Still, her warm and informal style certainly paved the way for many modern history books, aimed more at the casual reader than scholarly works which were the norm at that time. The book was centered around Madame du Pompadour but also included the major players like King Louis and his wife.
It is all about having great fun and ignoring the consequences. Both books have been called novelistic. Reading Nancy Mitford’s biography of “Reinette” Poisson, whom history knows as Madame de Pompadour, is like sidling up to a knowledgeable guest at a vast party full of strangers and asking her miftord what.
I didn’t think that Nancy Mitford was a very organized or clear biographer.
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She has a fairly mdame to earth view of things and when she is sentimental, it is well hidden behind a practical argument. History has loved her little better.
For a short book, Madame de Pompadour took forever to read. I came into this knowing nearly nothing about Madame de Pompadour and I left knowing at least an outline of the events of her life.
She constantly defends Madame as having gotten a bad rap, and completely unfairly too- she rather mindblowingly and continuously argues for why she may have gotten a lot of money from the King but a it wasn’t as much as has been thought oh, you know fifty million, not a hundred million, so that’s totally okay! Just read Kelly’s review; she says it waaay better then I can but agree with all of it.
Mar 25, Jessi rated it really liked it. This is not the most scholarly biography you will read, but it is immense fun. There are some mentions of the Revolution to come, of course. Nancy Mitford’s account of the life of Madame de Pompadour is immensely readable and well presented.
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Nancy has an i Biographies are my kind of book. But after almost pages, I still don’t feel like I know very much about M. 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. Maria Theresa of Austria. 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 accurate does not matter one bit.
Estate management and consequently food production suffered. Still, it made for an interesting read. Return to Book Page. 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 next to nothing.
Their letters — Mitford edited these two volumes of letters, written by the family of her great-grandparents, Edward Stanley, 2nd Baron Stanley of Alderley and his wife Henrietta Maria, daughter of the 13th Viscount Dillon.
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. In other words, it’s a shame Reading Nancy Mitford’s biography of “Reinette” Poisson, whom history knows as Madame de Pompadour, is like sidling up to a knowledgeable guest at a vast party full of strangers and asking her what’s what. It was interesting to learn the origin of mitfor.
The book has an almost Prior madake reading this book, all I knew about Madame de Pompadour came from an pompadoour of “Doctor Who” Which is to say, given the episode involved a space ship that opened into her fireplace, I knew next to nothing.
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Ye gods, what a trial. She’s happy to tell you, but being Mitford, a Jazz Age aristocrat, a Bright Young Thing, she’ll assume you know who all the people are already, and that you have a passing command of French, and focus on how they relate to the one she came to admire, La Pompadour.
As for the Prussians, when they came back to earth after seven years on their favourite planetthey noticed that their ally had been acquiring world-wide dominion at the cost of a few hundred English lives, while they had ruined themselves, lost the flower of their manhood, suffered from famine and Russian atrocities, made themselves loathed throughout the Empire, and all, it seemed, for the sake of a sandy plain.
View all 14 comments. Alfred Duff Cooper 1st Viscount Norwich. You’ve successfully reported this review. There’s really no reason to make it a bigger drama than that and those who do well Preview — Madame de Pompadour by Nancy Mitford.
One and a half stars. Voltaire appears in his fascinating duality, flattering and satirical, unctuous and petulant, apt to bite the hands that feed him. I was fortunate to have numerous secondary sources at hand to answer my questions and help me remember what I did already know; those without such will want to have a browser mwdame handy, as even just Wikipedia will be a help for which they’ll be grateful.
Letters — The Stanleys of Alderley: That is not to say this is at all a bad book. Despite being ma As well as her wonderful novels, Nancy Mitford also wrote four, less known, historical biographies- Madame de Pompadour inVoltaire in Love madqmeThe Sun King in and Mxdame the Great in So this is the second thing that fascinated me about this one.
Madame de Pompadour Nancy Mitford Limited preview – She is not intimidated by Versailles, and she expects that you will be equally comfortable walking about the ancient pile while she waves her hand at “oh that old Hall of Mirrors, it really is just too dusty I keep telling Mother the maids really do forget to dust in there, oh mind your dress darling the step is just a bit uneven there, this way loves, we’ll have a picnic lunch by the lake today, shall we, it’s lovely outside When I came back to this I enjoyed it for awhile – then felt bogged down again but just forged through to the finish.
The King very rarely invited husbands and wives together; it did not make for sparkle. One marvels at just how vast the chasm truly marame between the politically powerful and nsncy undifferentiated mass of the European “citizenry”.