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Madame de Pompadour

ISBN-10: 094032265X
ISBN-13: 9780940322653
Edition: 2001
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: New York Review of Books, Incorporated, The
Publication date: 3/31/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

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 re-creates the spirit of eighteenth-century Versailles with its love of pleasure and treachery. We learn that the Queen was a "bore," the Dauphin a "prig," 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.

Amanda Foreman was born in London in 1968. She is the daughter of the late Hollywood film maker Carl Foreman (High Noon, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Guns of Navarone).Her early years were spent shuttling between home in Los Angeles and school in Dorset. Her first book, 'Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire' won the 1998 Whitbread Biography of the year Award.A self-confessed Trekkie, when not at work she is either cooking, surfing the net, or catching up on the latest sci-fi.

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