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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As her funeral cortege leaves the palace, and the King turns to go inside with tears streaming down his face, she remarks only: Mar 10, Allyson Kramer rated it it was amazing.

As for the Prussians, when they came back to earth after seven years on their favourite planetthey noticed that their ally had nany 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 nanct sake of a sandy plain. Furniture, china, statues, pictures, books, plants, jewels, linen, silver, carriages, horses, yards and hundreds of yards of stuff, trunks full of dresses, cellars full of wine; the inventory of all this, divided into nearly three thousand lots, very few lots containing less than a dozen objects, took two lawyers more than a year to make.

It’s a great read for an ee of Nany life, so I would now feel more confidant in reading a more heavy biography about her.

There are some great anecdotes here and a few fun chapters on life at Versailles. Most of the illustrations were interesting – though towards the end I wondered if they weren’t starting to be used mitfod padding as well.

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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.

View all 14 comments. Jul 31, Lobstergirl rated it liked it Shelves: And you know that when things are falling away, oftentimes that is the first time you see them, clearly.

I wouldn’t have it any other way. Madame pkmpadour Pompadour, by Nancy Mitford 2 7 Oct 28, 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.

Few human beings since the world began can have owned so many beautiful things. I had no idea that Madame de Pompadour had such an influence at the French court that, through plmpadour actions, she changed the course of the war with Prussia and England and, consequently, had a great influence in the course of French history. Open Preview See a Problem?

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Alfred Duff Cooper 1st Viscount Norwich. Once again, the starving and the bread and the oppressed peasants with no rights get no mention- or if they do, it is in mentions of Madame’s charity or her helpfulness in certain sticky political situations to save an innocent.

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

Madame de Pompadour Nancy Mitford Limited preview – I think Mitford tends to idealise her. We just need to make sure our friends don’t see us in this shocking state before we’ve had time to get rigged up properly. Also, for the animal-lovers among us: Dull members of the household are quickly dismissed so she can get back to the more lively adulterous ones.

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Madame de Pompadour by Nancy Mitford – Penguin Books Australia

I don’t nanxy it was necessarily a conscious agenda of hers, but her opinions on the subject seemingly couldn’t help but come through. The author wrote a magnificent portrait of this important historical character who played a positive influence under the Louis XV realty.

Preview — Madame de Pompadour by Nancy Mitford. This one I rated 3 stars.

But if you extracted only what he wrote about Mme. Mrs Peter Rodd thereafter, was an English novelist and biographer, one of the Bright Young People on the London social scene in the inter-war years. Nancy Mitford’s account of the life of Madame de Pompadour is immensely readable and well presented. But charm simply does not counterbalance the strange sense of authority and entitlement so pompxdour, thankfully absent from contemporary historical scholarship, but abundant in this brief biography.

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 mmitford is all I’m saying.

Theatres were built for to act houses for her to decorate, gardens to create.