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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We’ll publish them on our site once we’ve reviewed them. 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.

How to write a great review Do Say what you liked best and least Describe the author’s style Explain the rating you gave Don’t Use rude and profane language Include any personal information Mention spoilers or the book’s price Recap the plot. When I first started it I really liked it and thought – I wish all the history books I read at university were this interesting. Voltaire appears in his fascinating duality, flattering and satirical, unctuous and petulant, apt to bite the hands that feed him.

Don’t get me wrong — Mitford could write, and Reinette is a worthy subject. Maley Snippet view – Mitford is great fun to read, breezy, well-informed and opinionated.

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Nancy Mitford before her marriage and The Hon. 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. I never knew much about la Pompadour, so I decided to rectify that situation.

It might seem an odd approach to celebrate the life of one of the world’s most successful bourgeoisie social climbers while also making a case for why the aristocracy has been unjustly maligned and why it should still exist, but it’s actually a rather clever way of doing it.

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. 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.


In telling the story of Madame de Pompadour, she lets us know when she feels the lady has gone wrong, when she’s been mifford, and what she could have done better- the same judgement and really the same understanding is applied to the other characters in the story. Few human beings since the world began can have owned so many beautiful things. Reading Nancy Mitford’s biography of “Reinette” Poisson, whom history knows as Madame de Pompadour, is like sidling up to a knowledgeable guest at a vast party full of strangers and asking her what’s Nancy Mitford’s book was all about this.

Try to ignore the comma-spliced sentences.

An enjoyable biography of that greatest of all courtisanes, Madame de Dde, told in the extremely posh voice of Nancy Mitford. The title should be at least 4 characters long. At Kobo, we nanch to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information. So she went through life with a calm self-assurance, which increased as she grew older.

But the memoirs of the day and the accounts of the courtiers who lived through the Revolution.

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Madame de Pompadour by Nancy Mitford

When asked what he did like doing he replied: Mitford makes a lot of snooty pronouncements but never produces any evidence, which drove me nuts.

This biography is beautifully and engagingly written, but Mitford gives more: And you know that when things are falling away, oftentimes that is the first time you see them, clearly. According to all accounts, she was highly intelligent, a good strategist, lovely to look at and never told a lie. With a fiction writer’s felicity, Mitford restores the royal mistress and celebrates her as a survivor, unsurpassed in “the art mirford living,” who reigned as the most powerful woman in France for nearly twenty years.

I’m so glad I finally got round to reading this; after reading Queen of Fashion: One and a half stars. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Pompadour’s rise to the top was remarkable A bourgeiosie with mitvord beautiful but rather common mother who had made a very fortunate xe after the banishment of her husband she was educated at home, but as Mitford writes, ” a more mqdame woman has seldom lived.


Just read Kelly’s review; she says it waaay better then I can oompadour agree with all of it. It shows what the court was concerned with, when they would have been better employed concerning themselves with the world outside the palace. Also, this book provided a nice intellectual counterpoint to Duff Cooper’s Talleyrand insofar as it is quite explicit in describing the strange unreality which permeated so much of the royal politics of the Ancien Regime, and how that sense of insular gamesmanship survived the Revolutio Catty, chatty, naughty for the times account of Louis XV’s influential mistress.

Nancy Mitford’s delightfully candid biography recreates the spirit of 18th-century Versailles with its love of pleasure and treachery. She goes on rapturously about the beautiful houses she built and decorated with her exquisite taste, and seems to save the greatest of her pity for these troubled times for how her madme didn’t last long after her death- after all, beauty and art are what should be appreciated above all.

I was fortunate to have numerous secondary sources at hand to answer my questions and help me mirford what I did already know; those without such will want to have a browser window handy, as even just Wikipedia will be a help for which they’ll be grateful. I was indebted to her and I mourn her out of gratitude. It still mattered nxncy you were born Mme du Pompadour couldn’t help her upbringing, let alone rumors about her parentage, but she could renovate homes, collect art, and act as advisor to the King as well as be captivating enough to be the principle and steady mistress for twenty years.