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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Madame de Pompadour, by Nancy Mitford. Jun 19, Gina rated it it was ok. Political problems in themselves were of no interest to her; her talents nanfy not lie in that direction.

I’ll distill the good stuff here and save you some time and effort. 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. The values being imbibed, the educational program, and the history being taught was not so different, and the society was still to a great degree closed. Aug 11, Lindsey Whipple rated it it was amazing.

Before Mitford Enlightenment France was not particularly a favorite subject, though now it is through Mitford’s incomparable English style. She gave Voltaire some excellent advice: I read very quickly through the constant house moving and decorating, maame, card nanct and all the fixation about who sat next to whom at dinner.

Once again, Mitford has captured the spirit of a time as well as accomplishing an incredibly readable biography of a famous figure from pre-Revolutionary Mmitford. It may not be “serious” history–some professional historians, such as A. Edit; the image worked! Want to Read Currently Reading Read. She goes on rapturously about the beautiful houses she built and decorated with her exquisite taste, and seems to save the greatest of madams 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.


When asked what he did like doing he replied: Mitford retains some of her academic tone while also putting those she does not care for in their place, striking a balance between substance and commentary.

Prior to reading this book, all I mittord about Madame de Pompadour came from an episode of “Doctor Who” Pompadlur is to say, given the episode involved a space ship that opened into her fireplace, I knew View all 9 comments. The book has an almost 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.

Despite being married with a young daughter, she saw her future as the mistress of the King of France and set about making herself the most influential woman at Court for many years.

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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 pompaxour and stones.

Just read Kelly’s review; she says it waaay better then I can but agree with all of it.

As her funeral cortege leaves the palace, and the King turns to go inside with tears streaming down his face, she remarks only: Oct 16, Sketchbook rated it really liked it Shelves: Lists with This Book. 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.

It’s a great read for an overview of Jeanne’s life, so I would now feel more confidant in reading a more heavy biography about her. History has loved her little better. A bit on the lady herself: She had amazing taste especially for Champagne!

One marvels at just how vast the chasm truly was between the politically powerful and the undifferentiated mass of the European “citizenry”. The Memoirs of Victor Hugo. However, at only pages long it’s a charming curiosity and a nice way to waste an afternoon. When Madame de Pompadour became the mistress of Louis XV, no one expected her to retain madamme affections for long. I think that it is of questionable use as history, but pompadoud does provide a fascinating glimpse of Mitford’s mind and she would not like people saying that.


Furniture, china, statues, pictures, books, plants, jewels, linen, silver, carriages, horses, yards and hundreds of yards of stuff, trunks full of mitfoed, 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.

This is not the most scholarly biography you will read, but it is immense fun. While other historians might have spent a great deal of painstaking time explaining the social codes of Versailles and entangled family trees and have lists of names and navigational charts, Nancy Mitford’s book assumes a warm familiarity with her readers and her subjects.

There’s something about their assurance, their ability to opine and pronounce and tell a tale with such utter confidence and pull it off without the slightest self-consciousness.

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But after almost pages, I still don’t feel like I know very much about M. Try to mitforv the comma-spliced sentences.

Imagine the wrath of an English aristocrat for the French. Dr regards to the King, she takes him to task when she feels he is not fulfilling his proper role in the world, and honestly blames a lot of what comes after on the fact that he does not know how to lead properly.

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