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Ould not travel publicly without risking a pelting of mud and stones History has loved her little better Nancy Mitford's delightfully candid biography recreates the spirit of 18th century Versailles with its love of pleasure and treachery We learn and see. I ve never posted an image before other than book covers so this is likely to be painful I don t know why I m starting with La Pompadour as her brother apparently said that none of the many portraits of her resembled her But I have always loved this Boucher paintingMitford s style is conversational I felt like I was was back in the 18th century having a good old gossip over a cup of tea No doubt Nancy I would have been whispering behind our hand painted fans Mitford s writing style involves a lot of jumping around probably a lot familiarity with famous names of the time than I have even if my schoolgirl French hadn t changed from poor to non existent I don t think I would have been able to translate all the French verse Mitford included I tried a couple of times with Babelfish then gave up Mitford s own explanation is that some of the insulting doggerels are untranslatable being a play on Pompadour s maiden name poisson is fish in French there is a mention of the Princess of Hesse Rhinevelt s mother giving birth alternately to daughters hares There is no explanation of this no cite eitherSo you just have to go with the flowPompadour 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 husbandshe was educated at home but as Mitford writes a accomplished woman has seldom livedAfter she attracted the attention of Louis XV her taste was given full rein Theatres were built for to act houses for her to decorate gardens to create Although apparently not that fond of jewellery she had plenty of it She was a patron of the arts notably Voltaire who wasn t always touchingly grateful the creation of Sevres porcelain unlike the aristocrats she or rather Louis paid her billsMitford theorises that history her French contemporaries don t always judge her kindly because of her extravagance because her fondness was for beautiful small things rather than large monuments that would stand the test of time Also she is condemned for her part in the Seven Years WarEven amazingly the physical side of their relationship ceased around 1750 but although Louis XV started sleeping with other women none of them could replace her in his heart he was heartbroken at her relatively young death Mitford believed the jolly Mme du Barry would have only had the status of these other women if Pompadour had been still aliveMitford s final line view spoiler After this a very great dullness fell on the Chateau of Versailles hide spoiler Encounters with Rauschenberg up Mitford s own explanation is that some of the insulting doggerels are Doctors, Ambassadors, Secretaries untranslatable being a play on Pompadour s maiden name poisson is fish in French there is a mention of the Princess of Hesse Rhinevelt s mother giving birth alternately to daughters hares There is no explanation of this no cite eitherSo you just have to go with the flowPompadour 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 husbandshe was educated at home but as Mitford writes a accomplished woman has seldom livedAfter she attracted the attention of Louis XV her taste was given full rein Theatres were built for to act houses for her to decorate gardens to create Although apparently not that fond of jewellery she had plenty of it She was a patron of the arts notably Voltaire who wasn t always touchingly grateful the creation of Sevres porcelain Engendering Song unlike the aristocrats she or rather Louis paid her billsMitford theorises that history her French contemporaries don t always judge her kindly because of her extravagance because her fondness was for beautiful small things rather than large monuments that would stand the test of time Also she is condemned for her part in the Seven Years WarEven amazingly the physical side of their relationship ceased around 1750 but although Louis XV started sleeping with other women none of them could replace her in his heart he was heartbroken at her relatively young death Mitford believed the jolly Mme du Barry would have only had the status of these other women if Pompadour had been still aliveMitford s final line view spoiler After this a very great dullness fell on the Chateau of Versailles hide spoiler

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Madame de Pompadour

France increasingly overcome with class conflict With a fiction writer's felicity Mitford restores the royal mistress and celebrates her as a survivor unsurpassed in the art of living who reigned as the most powerful woman in France for nearly twenty yea. Biographies are my kind of book I ve probably said it before but if they re well written they re an instant 4 star read for me This one I rated 3 stars Looking back that s probably harsh but while I liked it I didn t really like it Sometimes Nancy s writing got a little confused jumping around in chronological order and made a lot of assumptions about our knowledge of French life and courts as well as being able to read passages in French There was a lot to like though Nancy has an intimate way of writing that really draws you into the story I bet she d have made a great palace gossip of this period I also liked how well Madame de Pompadour came across It was obvious that Nancy found her fabulous and this was infectious I loved her too In fact I wonder now why I didn t rate it 4 stars Electing Judges unsurpassed in the art of living who reigned as the most powerful woman in France for nearly twenty yea. Biographies are my kind of book I ve probably said it before but if they re well written they re an instant 4 star read for me This one I rated 3 stars Looking back that s probably harsh but while I liked it I didn t really like it Sometimes Nancy s writing got a little confused jumping around in chronological order and made a lot of assumptions about our knowledge of French life and courts as well as being able to read passages in French There was a lot to like though Nancy has an intimate way of writing that really draws you into the story I bet she d have made a great palace gossip of this period I also liked how well Madame de Pompadour came across It was obvious that Nancy found her fabulous and this was infectious I loved her too In fact I wonder now why I didn t rate it 4 stars

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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 an aristocrat she was physically too cold for the carnal Bourbon king and had so many enemies that she c. As well as her wonderful novels Nancy Mitford also wrote four less known historical biographies Madame de Pompadour in 1954 Voltaire in Love in 1957 The Sun King in 1966 and Frederick the Great in 1970 This is the first of her biographies and it tells the life story of Jeanne Antoinette Poisson who despite her comparatively lowly beginnings was told by a fortune teller when she was nine that she would rule over the heart of a King and believed this prophecy completely 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 yearsThe new Maruis de Pompadour comes alive in this biography as Nancy Mitford delights in recreating the splendour of Versailles Madame de Pompadour comes across as a generally kindly woman who treated the ueen with respect had a great love of family a good sense of humour and was deeply in love with the King We read of her love of the theatre power struggles in the Court war politics and an attempt on the King s life which nearly ended her relationship with him This is not the most scholarly biography you will read but it is immense fun Mitford writes as though she knew Pompadour intimately Her style is sniping gossipy opinionated and she does not even pretend to be unbiased about her subject The book comes alive when she discusses the world of Versailles with the power struggles etiuette jealousies and rivalries which obviously interest her far than the world of politics or battles This is a wonderfully enjoyable read although even when it was first published it was seen as entertainment than a serious work of history Still her warm and informal style certainly paved the way for many modern history books aimed at the casual reader than scholarly works which were the norm at that time As such her biographies work perfectly as they are utterly enjoyable and Mitford s sheer delight in the world of Versailles shines through The Black Ice Score (Parker, ueen with respect had a great love of family a good sense of humour and was deeply in love with the King We read of her love of the theatre power struggles in the Court war politics and an attempt on the King s life which nearly ended her relationship with him This is not the most scholarly biography you will read but it is immense fun Mitford writes as though she knew Pompadour intimately Her style is sniping gossipy opinionated and she does not even pretend to be The Black Painting unbiased about her subject The book comes alive when she discusses the world of Versailles with the power struggles etiuette jealousies and rivalries which obviously interest her far than the world of politics or battles This is a wonderfully enjoyable read although even when it was first published it was seen as entertainment than a serious work of history Still her warm and informal style certainly paved the way for many modern history books aimed at the casual reader than scholarly works which were the norm at that time As such her biographies work perfectly as they are Fire and Desire utterly enjoyable and Mitford s sheer delight in the world of Versailles shines through


10 thoughts on “Madame de Pompadour

  1. says:

    Nineteenth century historians shocked by the contemplation of such a merry pointless life have been at great pai

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    I've long been a fan of Nancy Mitford having read the incredible biography of her family The Sisters The Saga of the Mitford Family and then two of her novels ink The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate This is Mitford's biography of Madame de Pompadour I picked this one up fresh off of reading Erik Larson's The Splendid and the Vile

  3. says:

    As well as her wonderful novels Nancy Mitford also wrote four less known historical biographies Madame de Pompadour in 1954 Voltaire in Love in 1957 The Sun King in 1966 and Frederick the Great in 1970 This is the first of her biog

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    Louis XV Mme explain the worldly French sexyouall sensibility after 5 6 years the pash is over we should all know that and love deepens while outsider sexercises play on Yes some of us know but few have the French toleration understanding Nancy Mitford reports with her usual sparkleI will NOT expand as doubles prices on books with g

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    An enjoyable biography of that greatest of all courtisanes Madame de Pompadour told in the extremely posh voice of Nancy Mitford Nancy Mitford is through her own aristocratic upbringing very apt in commenting on the ways of the French court and courtiers I must confess that I was sometimes getting a bit bored by

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    I've never posted an image before other than book covers so this is likely to be painful I don't know why I'm starting with La Pompadour as her brother apparently said that none of the many portraits of her resembled her But I have always loved this Boucher paintingMitford's style is conversational I felt like I was was ba

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    Louis XV and Madame de Pompadour hold the center but are not always as interesting as the supporting players Voltaire appears in his fascinating duality flattering and satirical unctuous and petulant apt to bite the hands that feed him Mitford describes the “laudatory poem” he penned after the victory over the English at Fonten

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    UNPOPULAR OPINION THIS DID NOT DO IT FOR ME 🤷‍♀️ ✨ Popsugar Reading Challenge 2019✨ ✨✨Two books t

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    Biographies are my kind of book I've probably said it before but if they're well written they're an instant 4 star read for me This one I rated 3 stars Looking back that's probably harsh but while I liked it I didn't real

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    Madame de Pompadour excelled at an art which the majority of human beings thoroughly despise because it is unprofitable and ephemeral the art of livingDecadent 18th century French life told in the crisp tones of the 1950's An unusu