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Madame de Pompadour 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 A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz Mitford may have written this some 75 years before Larson, but she is an equally excellent 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 A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz Mitford may have written this some 75 years before Larson, but she is an equally excellent biographer, lively, fun and gossipy I found many of her explanations of royal life during this time very interesting because she is able to breath movement to all these dead aristocrats, many of whom were probably quite stiff and formal Her background and deep knowledge of this world comes through Her portrayal of Mme Pompadour is sympathetic From Mitford you get a vision of a generous woman who desperately wanted the queen to like her despite the fact that she was the king s mistress Perhaps that shows some fundamental denseness There are also significant pages devoted to her bungling of diplomatic negotiations leading up to the 7 years war In total, I think Mme de Pompadour must have a very charming companion if she liked you , but while she smiled, her little legs were fluttering like a duck as she tried to get rid of her enemies and help her friends One other thing I noticed, which camepainfully to light considering the current circumstances, was that people died right and left in the 1700s due to smallpox and other diseases And Mme de Pompadour only lived to 40 She certainly kept busy 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 the abundance of noble names and affairs, but not bored enough to stop reading The biography certainly provides many hilarious anecdotes and interesting stories I had no idea that 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 the abundance of noble names and affairs, but not bored enough to stop reading The biography certainly provides many hilarious anecdotes and interesting stories I had no idea that Madame de Pompadour had such an influence at the French court that, through her actions, she changed the course of the war with Prussia and England and, consequently, had a great influence in the course of French history She had a direct correspondence with very influential people, such as the Empress of Austria and most of the French ambassadors in the European capitals According to all accounts, she was highly intelligent, a good strategist, lovely to look at and never told a lie Especially this last characteristic must have been pretty rare at the French court Nancy Mitford was a witty woman and that made this biography pretty pleasant to read 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 ma 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 years.The new Marquis 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 Queen 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, etiquette, jealousies and rivalries which obviously interest her farthan the world of politics or battles This is a wonderfully enjoyable read although even when it was first published it was seenas entertainment than a serious work of history Still, her warm and informal style certainly paved the way for many modern history books, aimedat 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 Louis XV Mme explain the worldly French sexyouall sensibility after 5 6 years the pash is over we should all knowthat, 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 sparkle.I will NOT expand asdoubles prices on books with good GR reviews I discovered this when I went to buy a gift etcalso doubles prices on books that get well reviewed on its site Th Louis XV Mme explain the worldly French sexyouall sensibility after 5 6 years the pash is over we should all knowthat, 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 sparkle.I will NOT expand asdoubles prices on books with good GR reviews I discovered this when I went to buy a gift etcalso doubles prices on books that get well reviewed on its site These lines were writ in 2013 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 painting.Mitford 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 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 painting.Mitford 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 lotfamiliarity 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 theinsulting 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 either.So you just have to go with the flow Pompadour 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 husband she was educated at home, but as Mitford writes, aaccomplished woman has seldom lived After 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 bills.Mitford theorises that history her French contemporaries don t always judge her kindly because of her extravagance because her fondness wasfor 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 War.Evenamazingly 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 alive.Mitford s final line view spoiler After this a very great dullness fell on the Chateau of Versailles hide spoiler I can imagine.Edit the image worked Go me 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 Fontenoy in 1745 Richelieu, a great friend of Voltaire s, got evenpraise than he deserved and the cunning old poet mentioned a lot of other people who might be usef 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 Fontenoy in 1745 Richelieu, a great friend of Voltaire s, got evenpraise than he deserved and the cunning old poet mentioned a lot of other people who might be useful to him Soon he was besieged by women begging a line or two for sons and lovers 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.That friend of Voltaire s, the Duc de Richelieu, is another of the book s scene stealers Apparently the perfection of Ancien R gime libertinage, he supplied Laclos with a model for Valmont in Les Liaisons dangereuses The financier La Popelini re discovered a revolving fireplace in his wife s bedroom, by which the Duc de Richelieu used to come from the next door house and visit her H e was observed sneaking into the bedroom of one of his mistresses, by means of a plank thrown over the street from an opposite house After forbidding his daughter to marry a man of bourgeois antecedents, he quipped coldly that if the young people really were in love, they could, aftersuitable matches, find each other in society, and begin an affair He said he feared only two things, impotence and Frederick the Great s French verse verse Frederick hired Voltaire to correct and encourage 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 With the bribes he built a lavish Parisian pleasure palace that a visiting Horace Walpole described to a friend as having a chamber surrounded with looking glasses and hung with white lutestrings, painted with roses I wish you could see the antiquated Rinaldo who has built himself this romantic bower Looking glass never reflected so many wrinkles Richelieu, Mitford writes, got away with everything He lived to a ripe old age or a withered one Tourneur s line about a parched and juiceless luxur could not be better applied , to die in 1788, just a year before it all came crashing down The old mummy, as they called him at Versailles, was now sixty two His military career came to an end his amorous career went on until he died, at the age of ninety six When he was eighty four he pensioned off an old lady whose chief occupation in life had been finding girls for him and making all arrangements, and settled down with his fourth wife, a pretty young widow She, worshipping him as much as all his other wives and mistresses, presented him with a son, who died at once, however greatly to the relief of M de Fronsac Richelieu made up his quarrel with Maurepas when that minister was recalled, after twenty seven years of exile, by Louis XVI they used to sit together for hours on end at Versailles, which they alone, now, could remember under Louis XIV, regretting the glories of the past 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 could 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 th century Versailles with its love of pleasure and treachery We learn and see 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 years ❰Reading❯ ➿ Como fazer Investigação, Dissertações, Teses e relatórios Author Maria José Sousa – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk no one expected her to retain his affections for long A member of the bourgeoisie rather than an aristocrat [BOOKS] ⚣ As Receitas da TV Author Maria de Lourdes Modesto – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk she was physically too cold for the carnal Bourbon king [PDF] ⚣ Os Objetos Supremos (Mundo de Bhardo, ✯ Livia Stocco – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and had so many enemies that she could 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 th century Versailles with its love of pleasure and treachery We learn and see France increasingly overcome with class conflict With a fiction writer s felicity ❰PDF / Epub❯ ✅ Mate Me [If You May] (The Millennium Wolves, Author Sapir Englard – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Mitford restores the royal mistress and celebrates her as a survivor [PDF / Epub] ☉ The Dog Who Spoke and More Mayan Folktales By James D. Sexton – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk unsurpassed in the art of living ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☉ Angular 2 Book Author Nathan Wu – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk who reigned as the most powerful woman in France for nearly twenty years UNPOPULAR OPINION THIS DID NOT DO IT FOR ME Popsugar Reading Challenge 2019 Two books that share the same title When it comes to biographies of Madame the Pompadour, this one is most often revered as the best of the best However, I was not impressed Now, it must of course be remembered that this book isthan 60 years old and the field of history has come a long way since then So it has to be cut some slack, which is the reason for my 2 stars and not just 1Madame d UNPOPULAR OPINION THIS DID NOT DO IT FOR ME Popsugar Reading Challenge 2019 Two books that share the same title When it comes to biographies of Madame the Pompadour, this one is most often revered as the best of the best However, I was not impressed Now, it must of course be remembered that this book isthan 60 years old and the field of history has come a long way since then So it has to be cut some slack, which is the reason for my 2 stars and not just 1Madame de Pompadour knew her own worth, she suffered neither from an inferiority nor a superiority complex, she saw herself as she was and on the whole approved of what she sawWHAT I DISLIKED Assumptions Through a lot of this book Mitford makes a lot of seemingly unsupported assumptions that she doesn t back up with any evidence.Who is she This was a biography of Madame de Pompadour, so I would say that the fact that I, once I finished this book, felt like I didn t really understand the subject her motivations, her personality, her impact on her country and time is pretty bad Really, I couldn t get a sense of the woman Esoteric I am an historian, and I have read about Madame the Pompadour earlier Still, I felt like there were so many things and people in this book that weren t explained It meant that it felt like I had to have read a lot about the time and the people before reading this book because it was actually a bit hard to get into when I had to look up everything all the timeFollow me forbook goodness Facebook Twitter Instagram Madame de Pompadour excelled at an art which the majority of human beings thoroughly despise because it is unprofitable and ephemeral the art of living Decadent 18th century French life told in the crisp tones of the 1950 s An unusual and cute biography that I don t think you could get away with publishing today Nancy Mitford writes as if she knows her subjects personally Her opinions on the characters of these long dead historical figures are regularly amusing The Queen, who, like many Madame de Pompadour excelled at an art which the majority of human beings thoroughly despise because it is unprofitable and ephemeral the art of living Decadent 18th century French life told in the crisp tones of the 1950 s An unusual and cute biography that I don t think you could get away with publishing today Nancy Mitford writes as if she knows her subjects personally Her opinions on the characters of these long dead historical figures are regularly amusing The Queen, who, like many meek and holy people, had a catty side to her nature The second half of the book regarding the seven years war and the politics of France was a little dry 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 I think Mitford tends to idealise her It reminds me of a piece of Jane Austen s juvenilia about Mary, Queen of Scots However, at only 230 pages long it s a charming curiosity and a nice way to waste an afternoon Nineteenth century historians, so easily shocked it is impossible not to suspect them of hypocrisy 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 i 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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About the Author: Nancy Mitford

Nancy Mitford, styled The Hon Nancy Mitford before her marriage and The Hon 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 She was born at 1 Graham Street now Graham Place in Belgravia, London, the eldest daughter of Lord Redesdale, and was brought up at Asthall Manor in Oxfordshire She was the eldest of the six controversial Mitford sisters.She is best remembered for her series of novels about upper class life in England and France, particularly the four published after 1945 but she also wrote four well received, well researched popular biographies of Louis XIV, Madame de Pompadour, Voltaire, and Frederick the Great She was one of the noted Mitford sisters and the first to publicize the extraordinary family life of her very English and very eccentric family, giving rise to a Mitford industry, which continues.