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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Mitford writes as though she knew Pompadour intimately. It is interesting to note changes in feminism over the years, as today we are far more concerned with the role she did play than the success mitfodd her aims.

Mitford makes a lot of snooty pronouncements but never produces any evidence, which drove me nuts.

Madame de Pompadour by Nancy Mitford

In telling the story of Madame de Pompadour, she lets us know when she feels the lady has gone wrong, when she’s been clever, and what she could have done better- the same judgement and really the same understanding is applied to the other characters in the story. Nancy Mitford reports with her usual sparkle. Probably due to my ignorance and also my habit of skim reading, I found the lack of background confusing.

During the Seven Years War, Richelieu, while in command of the French army over the Rhine, accepted bribes from Frederick in return for pulling his punches and generally easing up on the winded Anglo-Prussian forces.

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Nancy Mitford is through her own aristocratic upbringing very apt in commenting on the ways of the French court and courtiers. She gave Voltaire some excellent advice: And you know that when things are falling away, oftentimes that is the first time you see them, clearly. Oh, and Mitford doesn’t care about translating passages out of their original French into English so you’ll be in the dark if you don’t read French and can’t find passable translations online.

Only one thing could frighten or upset her, and that was the idea that she might lose the King.

This poem sold ten thousand copies in ten days, mostly to the army; subsequent editions brought in so many sons and lovers that the thing became a farce. When Madame de Pompadour ceased sleeping with the king, by contrast, Mitford applauds how well she manages to keep his love despite it all, though she is realistic about the nearby brothel that develops to replace her.

She goes on rapturously about the beautiful houses she built and decorated with her exquisite taste, and seems to save the greatest of her pity for these troubled times for how her houses didn’t last long after her death- after all, beauty and art are what should be appreciated above all. Jan 28, Kate Sherrod rated it really liked it.

Nor does it preclude, well, boredom. Her Madame de Pompadour is equally fun. Her ultimate verdict on the story of Madame de Pompadour and nadame meaning really is that of a hostess, or someone who has been a guest for many years. As the quotes above might show, her aristocratic ease and sense of belonging to this world means that she feels free to make many pronouncements on it.

The court was snobbish, with courtiers vying for position and influence.


We just need to make sure our friends don’t see us in this shocking state before we’ve had time to get mitdord up properly. Your display name should be at least 2 characters long. Although apparently not that fond of jewellery she had plenty of it.

Especially this last characteristic must have been pretty rare at the French court! I’ve seldom seen such uncomfortable charisma.

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Jun 01, Sherry rated it liked it. Just read Kelly’s review; she says it waaay better then I can but agree with all of it. No doubt a life devoted to pleasure must sometimes show the reverse side of the medal and it is quite true that boredom was the enemy, to be vanquished by fair means or foul.

She was a patron of the philosophies of the Enlightenmentincluding Voltaire and Montesquieu. The case of the Mitfoord de Richelieu illustrates the fact that once a man has been convicted of treachery, he is better dead; the traitor will always betray An unusual and cute biography that I don’t think you could get away with publishing pojpadour.

When I’m with the king I say to myself, pompadoug man can have my head chopped off. Nancy has an intimate way of writing, that really draws you into the story. I had no idea that An enjoyable biography of that greatest of pompadouur courtisanes, Madame de Pompadour, told in the extremely posh voice of Nancy Mitford.

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