Jeanne Antoinette Poisson is better remembered as Madame de Pompadour, the official chief mistress of Louis XV. 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. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. I am reading all of Nancy Mitford's books. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 6, 2018. Leisure reading. 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. Although accustomed to the king's extramarital relationships, the court was shocked at the sudden ascension of the low-born Mademoiselle Poisson. Quantity available: 1. 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. $13.19. There's a problem loading this menu right now. In one of her later novels she has characters discuss the post WW2 fact that they were the last generation who could understand the courtiers and civilisation of the 18th century. While Pompadour may have had her flaws (less than ideal choices for her 'favorites' to run the country) at least she did something. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Madame de Pompadour. This is a fantastic biography, complete and even with some pictures of old paintings, buildings, etc. 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. This biography provides a new interpretation of the life and achievements of Madame de Pompadour (1721 - 1764), the favourite mistress of Louis XV. An easy and thoroughly enjoyable read. 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. By that time she and the King where 'just friends' her one daughter had died ,she was devastated by this loss. Reviewed in the United States on August 27, 2015, Reviewed in the United States on November 18, 2014. When Madame de Pompadour became the mistress of Louis XV, no one expected her to retain his affections for long. In 1967 Mitford moved from Paris to Versailles, where she lived until her death from Hodgkin’s disease. 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. $15.13. Good, classic reference in the fireld. "Madame de Pompadour" is especially rich is limning the life of this great horizontal, with all its struggles, sorrows and triumphs (she was lovely, … Madame de La Tournelle held out for a long time and set down her conditions. I think Miss Mitford was entranced by her idea of 18th century court life in France. 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. 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 … When Madame de Pompadour became the mistress of Louis XV, no one expected her to retain his affections for long. Even after she has been dead four some hundreds of years most people historically inclined have heard of her. I think the French monarchy was amazing in their choice of mistresses -- I would have hated being a wife! 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. Overall, I found it to be an entertaining read. 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. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 20, 2012. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. These historical figures and the ideas of the Enlightenment and the gossip that ran rampant in France make for fascinating history. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 9, 2016. 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. For a good historical fiction novel, check out Madame de Pompadour: Making of a Mistress, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 30, 2019. Thanks to her, Paris became the capital of culture in Europe. When Poisson was young, a fortune-teller predicted that she ... Read full review Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. What struck me most in this book is what a lousy king Louis really was. There's a problem loading this menu right now. 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. Actually, there is a relatively new book in which Madame de Pompadour is a principal character: The Rivals of Versailles, by Sally Christie. Published by NYRB Classics (2001) ISBN 10: 094032265X ISBN 13: 9780940322653. Paperback. Students of French literature will recognize Madame de Pompadour portrayed as the intelligent and enlightened patroness of the arts. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. I think the author could have described more the relationship of the queen and the king to further illuminate the history; for example, Louis was quite faithful to his wife early in their marriage and eventually after many children the queen was in poor physical health and also mentally exhausted from being pregnant all the time, losing so many children, and having so many daughters with only one son. 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 … Reviewed in the United States on September 12, 2013. Our payment security system encrypts your information during transmission. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. I am quite pleased with it. Please try again. 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. This book runs along like one o'clock, it is enchanting, frivolous and amoral. Reviewed in the United States on July 20, 2013. First published in 1954, this is an evocation of Louis XV's court at Versailles. They … Previously had no idea that Pompadour was so influential. 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. Unable to add item to List. 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. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. Madame de Pompadour: The Life and Legacy of French King Louis XV’s Chief Mistress 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. 4.0 out of 5 stars 71. There was a problem loading your book clubs. Please try again. We work hard to protect your security and privacy. Pompadour began her career as a public woman through her life as a mistress. The long time mistress of Louis XV of France. Nancy Mitford is super engaging and charismatic in her writing. 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. Moreover, she demanded that the unfortunate Mailly be sent away from Versailles permanently. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. 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. Reviewed in the United States on February 16, 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. Very interesting, but a bit biased in her favour. The Sun King (New York Review Books (Paperback)), Madame de Pompadour (New York Review Books Classics), Madame de Pompadour: Mistress of France (PERSEUS). 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. Madame de Pompadour: a life User Review - Not Available - Book Verdict. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. 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. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. I enjoyed reading it, and it looks good on my bookshelves. One of these items ships sooner than the other. They make me laugh-constantly. 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. Very well written, gives you a great sense of the intrigues and politics of the period. Grove Press; First Trade Paper edition (August 5, 2003), Reviewed in the United States on July 17, 2018. The book describes how Madame de Pompadour entertained the King with cultural activities that ranged from amateur theatricals to architecture. Madame de Pompadour created 52 engraved prints, of drawings by Boucher, after gemstone engravings by Guay. Reviewed in the United States on September 7, 2003. I really enjoyed this book, I learned a lot about her while reading it and about France during that period. Politics. She was not merely decorative by any means! do dry boring historical bio here. The critically acclaimed author of Philippe, Duc d'Orleans, Christine Pevitt Algrant traces Madame de Pompadour from her modest beginnings in early-eighteenth-century Paris to her reign as the undisputed mistress of Versailles. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. 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. The newcomer, however, wasted no time in establishing herself as the king's sole confidante and, ultimately, his indispensable partner in affairs of state. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. Madame de Pompadour is a well-written and thoroughly interesting and engaging history. Madame de Pompadour Nancy Mitford. Madame de Pompadour: Mistress of France (PERSEUS). Board book from $26.99 1 Used from$26.99 When Madame de Pompadour became the mistress of Louis XV, no one expected her to retain his affections for long. Madame de Pompadour by Evelyne Lever, unknown edition, Edition Notes Includes bibliographical references (p. 297-301) and index. From: HPB-Movies (Dallas, TX, U.S.A.) Seller Rating: Add to Basket US$ 3.25. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Her collection of work, in book form, is called "Suite d'Estampes Gravées Par Madame la Marquise de Pompadour d'Apres les Pierres Gravées de Guay, Graveur du Roy" which translates to in English as "Series of Prints engraved by Madame la Marquise de Pompadour after the engraved stones of Guay, engraver of the King". You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. Mitford was also the author of four biographies: Madame de Pompadour (1954), Voltaire in Love (1957), The Sun King (1966), and Frederick the … Not just one of presentation at Court and Sevres porcelain. Preview this book » What people are saying - Write a review We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Madame de Pompadour (December 29, 1721–April 15, 1764) was a French noblewoman and one of Louis XV’s primary mistresses. 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. I found neither her nor Louis very fascinating personalities which is why I found this book a bit less captivating than the one about Philippe d'Orleans (the regent) by the same writer. The book does not centre on the relationship of Louis and Madame de Pompadour alone; Ms Lever gives you a sense of time and place - I felt I had a better understanding of the social, political and economic situation of this period without reading heavy tomes of history books. Really enjoyed reading about this amazing woman. [S.A.] Mitford, Nancy. 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. Reviewed in the United States on September 3, 2007. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. 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. Madame de Pompadour by Evelyne Lever, 2002, Farrar, Straus and Giroux edition, in English - 1st American ed. Something went wrong. 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 Kingdom on September 21, 2013. There was a problem loading your book clubs. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. Madame de Pompadour . Fascinating book written by Nancy Mitford who writes wonderfully ,it took me back in time . 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. The political and religious complications of the time are explained and put into context, … My only other criticism is that the print in the paperback edition is very small and difficult to read unless the lighting conditions are perfect. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Madame de Pompadour (New York Review Books Classics) Mitford, Nancy. An extraordinary glimpse into life at the French Court of Louis XV, Reviewed in the United States on May 15, 2014. About Madame de Pompadour. Fairly detailed account of the life of the subject person & her lover Louis XV. The political and religious complications of the time are explained and put into context, while the complex characters are brought vividly to life. Used. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 28, 2015. The author's discussion is important to the women of society because of the growing public role of women. Unable to add item to List. This book was well-written and a good read for those interested in biographies. As written on the back cover of this edition, Madame de Pompadour was one of the most fascinating and influential women of 18th century France. AbeBooks.com: Madame de Pompadour (New York Review Books Classics) (9780940322653) by Mitford, Nancy and a great selection of similar New, Used and Collectible Books … Madame de Pompadour and the Theaters of Power, by Thomas E. Kaiser 1294 Words | 6 Pages. Madame de Pompadour by Evelyne Lever Paperback $18.65 Customers who viewed this item also viewed Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1 This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is … Softcover. Excellent insight into the discrepancy of the Royal Circle and the general population of France during the reign of Louis XV. Algrant's vision cuts deeply across historical accounts of both the king and his mistress. Also by two deaths within the Royal Family which she regarded as her own. Though a largish chunk is devoted to the church. Madame de Pompadour's early life and influence are two topics included in the book. It is a nice written history of Madame, from her childhood to death. Louis XV, historically France's "bien-aime, is rendered here the "bien-damne." Reviewed in the United States on May 29, 2015. Please try your request again later. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Here are two biographies of Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson, who became famous in 18th-century France as mistress of and confidante to Louis XV. Book Overview 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. When Madame de Pompadour became the mistress of Louis XV, no one expected her to retain his affections for long. Pompadour alone was an amazing person however and this book captures her extremely well. excellent biography and slice of French life during reign of Louis XV, Reviewed in the United States on March 14, 2010. Madame de Pompadour (New York Review Books Classics), Madame de Pompadour: The Life and Legacy of French King Louis XV’s Chief Mistress, The Portraits of Madame de Pompadour: Celebrating the Femme Savante (The Discovery Series), "Christine Pevitt Algrant dishes up salacious court gossip as she gets inside her subject's well-coiffed head.". Please try again. 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. Madame de Pompadour (New York Review Books Classics) Nancy Mitford. I found the book a most interesting chronicle of events with an insightful concluding commentary. Please try your request again later. Something went wrong. This account of her rise to power , for she truly did become the power behind the throne her influence with the King lasted until her death. Please try again. 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. New York: Random House, 1953. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. 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. 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. Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought This book arrived in very good condition. Nancy Mitford is by far my favourite writer of fiction. Madame de Pompadour: A head for statescraft, Reviewed in the United States on September 23, 2014. Paperback. 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. 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 Pompadour is a well-written and thoroughly interesting and engaging history. Highly recommended. I really enjoyed reading this book and I would highly recommend it. History has loved her little better. 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. 4.7 out of 5 stars 50. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. 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. 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 Kingdom on December 6, 2012. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 12, 2012. Reviewed in the United States on December 17, 2016. dry, boring, devoid of detail that might bring the character, and her times, to life. 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. Well enough written it's a job to wander into. Madame de Pompadour and doctor who ..... YOU ROCK!! Only 19 left in stock (more on the way). Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. First published in 1954, this is an evocation of Louis XV's court at Versailles. 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