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Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. Madame de Pompadour was one of the most famous mistresses in France and her influence in fashion, art and politics cemented her reputation as one of the most influential women of French history. Paperback. Highly recommended. All her novels are so well crafted, and piercingly and wittily observant of the manners and mores of her time and her class. Reviewed in the United States on September 7, 2003. Fascinating book written by Nancy Mitford who writes wonderfully ,it took me back in time . I really enjoyed reading this book and I would highly recommend it. This book is a delightful romp through the French Court at the time of Louis XV: the daily schedule, the balls, theatre, fashion, politics, jealousies and rivalries. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Madame de Pompadour has long been one of the historical figures that most interest me so I was looking forward to reading this biography of her life. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. 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. A.J.P.Taylor was to say that what she had done was in effect transpose the Mitford family and it's eccentricities to Versailles. Published by NYRB Classics (2001) ISBN 10: 094032265X ISBN 13: 9780940322653. Reviewed in the United States on May 29, 2015. Mitford was also the author of four biographies: Madame de Pompadour (1954), Voltaire in Love (1957), The Sun King (1966), and Frederick the Great (1970)—all available as NYRB classics. In the article, “Madame de Pompadour and the Theaters of Power,” author Thomas E. Kaiser examines how Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson rose to become Madame de Pompadour, a … There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Moreover, she demanded that the unfortunate Mailly be sent away from Versailles permanently. Madame de Pompadour (New York Review Books Classics) Mitford, Nancy. 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. I particularly like the way Pompadour is used as the spoke of a historical wheel connecting all the large figures of the time, Louis, Voltaire, Diderot, and many others. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. One can really understand from this book how the court worked and how that affected the lives of the French underclass and it is evident how many of the societal problems would eventually culminate in the French Revolution under the reign of Louis' grandson, Louis XVI. She was not merely decorative by any means! Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. What struck me most in this book is what a lousy king Louis really was. Apparantely when she was nine years old her name at that time was Jeanne-Antoinett (not to be confused with Marie-Antoinett who arrived rather later and was a Queen who lost her Head) she was told by a fortune teller she would one day become the mistress of Lois XV of France a handsome and exceedingly virile young man. [S.A.] Mitford, Nancy. Reviewed in the United States on September 12, 2013. She also illuminates Madame de Pompadour’s influence across the artistic and political spectrum of the day, including her relationships with the leaders of the French Enlightenment: Voltaire, Rousseau, and Diderot. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. Please try again. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. 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. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Please try again. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 20, 2012. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 6, 2018. Leisure reading. Reviewed in the United States on December 17, 2016. dry, boring, devoid of detail that might bring the character, and her times, to life. It is an absolutely great read, as are the two others in the trilogy (Sisters of Versailles & Enemies of Versailles) about the mistresses of Louis XV. I bought this book because I was looking for a book that covered the reign of Louis XV and that wasn't going to be too scholarly, after reading samples of various books I settled on this because of the depth and quality of the writing, it doesn't cover to the end of Louis XV's reign but it gave me a thorough knowledge of the social and political landscape of the day as well as enligthening me about this most interesting of women. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. A sumptuous new biography of one of the most famous dangerous liaisonsWhen Jeanne Antoinette Poisson was a child, a fortune-teller predicted that she would one day be the mistress of a king. Students of French literature will recognize Madame de Pompadour portrayed as the intelligent and enlightened patroness of the arts. Even after her time as the king’s mistress came to an end, the Madame de Pompadour remained an influential friend and advisor to the king, especially as a patron of arts and philosophy. Board book from $26.99 1 Used from$26.99 When Madame de Pompadour became the mistress of Louis XV, no one expected her to retain his affections for long. When Poisson was young, a fortune-teller predicted that she ... Read full review Pompadour began her career as a public woman through her life as a mistress. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Good, classic reference in the fireld. In this historical- ction novel that is heavily based on historical documentation, Madame de Pompadour recounts the education and experiences of her youth that led to her relationship with Louis XV, and the social and political restrictions that she overcame both as a bourgeois in Paris and later in Versailles. These historical figures and the ideas of the Enlightenment and the gossip that ran rampant in France make for fascinating history. 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. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. The book describes how Madame de Pompadour entertained the King with cultural activities that ranged from amateur theatricals to architecture. Madame de Pompadour's early life and influence are two topics included in the book. Madame de Pompadour. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Not just one of presentation at Court and Sevres porcelain. By that time she and the King where 'just friends' her one daughter had died ,she was devastated by this loss. This is not to excuse Louis XV's carnal lusts or especially his lack of attention to his royal duties but one wonders a little about what role the queen still had as compared to the mistresses and how she might have led her life, particularly since her children were so fond of her. Filled with photographs, and evocative and insightful in its telling, Madame de Pompadour is a seductive portrait of one of the most fascinating and influential women of the age. This biography of the legendary mistress of King Louis XV offers dramatic insight into the life of one of the most enchanting, powerful, and feared women to grace the world's stage. Madame de La Tournelle held out for a long time and set down her conditions. Reviewed in the United States on September 3, 2007. First published in 1954, this is an evocation of Louis XV's court at Versailles. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 2, 2018, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 9, 2013. This biography provides a new interpretation of the life and achievements of Madame de Pompadour (1721 - 1764), the favourite mistress of Louis XV. 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. Nancy Mitford is by far my favourite writer of fiction. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. Nancy Mitford is super engaging and charismatic in her writing. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 21, 2013. Madame de Pompadour and the Theaters of Power, by Thomas E. Kaiser 1294 Words | 6 Pages. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. When Madame de Pompadour became the mistress of Louis XV, no one expected her to retain his affections for long. Very well written, gives you a great sense of the intrigues and politics of the period. An extraordinary glimpse into life at the French Court of Louis XV, Reviewed in the United States on May 15, 2014. A sumptuous new biography of one of the most famous dangerous liaisons When Jeanne Antoinette Poisson was a child, a fortune-teller predicted that she would one day be the mistress of a king. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. They … Though a largish chunk is devoted to the church. Groomed from an early age to assume the role of a rich man's mistress, Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson underwent several transformations before she caught the heart of the king himself. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. It is a nice written history of Madame, from her childhood to death. The Sun King (New York Review Books (Paperback)), Madame de Pompadour (New York Review Books Classics), Madame de Pompadour: Mistress of France (PERSEUS). The political and religious complications of the time are explained and put into context, … 4.0 out of 5 stars 71. History has loved her little better. Reviewed in the United States on November 14, 2019, This was the second of many biographies I read while researching Madame de Pompadour, but most certainly the most entertaining biography to read. Grove Press; First Trade Paper edition (August 5, 2003), Reviewed in the United States on July 17, 2018. Although accustomed to the king's extramarital relationships, the court was shocked at the sudden ascension of the low-born Mademoiselle Poisson. I had known of her many talents and her support of the arts, but I had not realised until reading this book how disliked she was. Softcover. Filled with photographs, and evocative and insightful in its telling, Madame de Pompadour is a seductive portrait of one of the most fascinating and influential women of the age. Reviewed in the United States on February 16, 2014. The long time mistress of Louis XV of France. One of these items ships sooner than the other. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. Excellent insight into the discrepancy of the Royal Circle and the general population of France during the reign of Louis XV. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 9, 2016. Madame de Pompadour by Evelyne Lever, unknown edition, Edition Notes Includes bibliographical references (p. 297-301) and index. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Unable to add item to List. About Madame de Pompadour. I found the book a most interesting chronicle of events with an insightful concluding commentary. Well enough written it's a job to wander into. Thanks to her, Paris became the capital of culture in Europe. There was a problem loading your book clubs. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. I have no idea how accurate a biography this is of Madame de Pompadour, it almost certainly isn't if you are expecting one that puts Madame in a full historical context. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 6, 2012. Madame de Pompadour and doctor who ..... YOU ROCK!! Reviewed in the United States on August 27, 2015, Reviewed in the United States on November 18, 2014. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. Pompadour alone was an amazing person however and this book captures her extremely well. From: HPB-Movies (Dallas, TX, U.S.A.) Seller Rating: Add to Basket US$ 3.25. An easy and thoroughly enjoyable read. Politics. $15.13. Reviewed in the United States on May 22, 2016. this was a really well-written, and fascinating book about madame pompadour, one of my favorite women in history. Madame de Pompadour: The Life and Legacy of French King Louis XV’s Chief Mistress Madame de Pompadour by Evelyne Lever, 2002, Farrar, Straus and Giroux edition, in English - 1st American ed. do dry boring historical bio here. Paperback. The author's discussion is important to the women of society because of the growing public role of women. There's a problem loading this menu right now. The Pompadour's Book: A Mystery Manuscript Owned by Madame de Pompadour by Kathie Coblentz, Rare Materials Cataloger, Spencer Collection, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building March 15, 2012 Pompadour, by Saint-Aubin, after Cochin, fils. Only 19 left in stock (more on the way). Madame de Pompadour Nancy Mitford. Even after she has been dead four some hundreds of years most people historically inclined have heard of her. When Madame de Pompadour became the mistress of Louis XV, no one expected her to retain his affections for long. Very interesting, but a bit biased in her favour. I think the French monarchy was amazing in their choice of mistresses -- I would have hated being a wife! In the book Madame de Pompadour by Nancy Mitford, there is mention (on page 12 I believe) of three dukes who were implicated in a homosexual scandal. We work hard to protect your security and privacy. For a good historical fiction novel, check out Madame de Pompadour: Making of a Mistress, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 30, 2019. New York: Random House, 1953. Algrant's vision cuts deeply across historical accounts of both the king and his mistress. I admire her as an authoress. Aside from his dealings with underage girls (with Mme de Pompadour acting as his pimp) the guy seems to have been absolutely useless - during the 7 year's war, when France got kicked around really bad, he simply could not be bothered to do anything else than hunting. $13.19. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. Madame de Pompadour: A head for statescraft, Reviewed in the United States on September 23, 2014. Filled with photographs, and evocative and insightful in its telling, Madame de Pompadour is a seductive portrait of one of the most fascinating and influential women of the age. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Please try again. 4.7 out of 5 stars 50. They make me laugh-constantly. Mitford was also the author of four biographies: Madame de Pompadour (1954), Voltaire in Love (1957), The Sun King (1966), and Frederick the … Preview this book » What people are saying - Write a review Louis XV, historically France's "bien-aime, is rendered here the "bien-damne." 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 … This is the story of the accomplished Jeanne-Antoinette(Reinette)Poisson, born into the bourgeoisie and became the famous mistress of King Louis XV, at the height of the Versailles court. This is an evocation of Louis XV, historically France 's `` bien-aime, is here. Accounts of both the king with cultural activities that ranged from amateur theatricals to architecture system things! 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