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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Nancy Mitford’s account of the life of Madame de Pompadour is immensely readable and well presented. There are some great anecdotes here and a few fun chapters on life at Versailles. To be fair, though, Madame de Pompadour apparently ;ompadour the imperial army led by General Daun as ‘the most beautiful, the gayest army possible to be seen’, which is all kinds of amazing to imagine, and to imagine writing.

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When Madame de Pompadour became the mistress of Louis XV, no one expected her to retain his affections for long. That is not to say this is at all a bad book.

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I think that it is of questionable use as history, but it does fe a fascinating glimpse of Mitford’s mind and she would not like people saying that. Mitford presents Jeanne de Poisson as yes, the poor lady was born before she became La Pompadour as a good upper middle class girl who never forgot her roots or pretended to be anything other than she was both a prime English virtue and something the class conscious aristocrat would have been on the lookout forand yet as someone who was “naturally” born with an mjtford class feeling and point of view and taste- she is fiercely loyal to her friends, a lovely, warm person who doesn’t gossip behind other people’s backs, a lady who throws wonderful parties and makes even shy people feel welcome, a woman who can discuss important issues with men, but knows when to retire, a jitford who knew how to keep her looks and her friends as she aged.

Madame de Pompadour Nancy Mitford Limited preview – She managed a London bookshop during the Second World War, then moved to Paris, where she began to write her celebrated and successful novels, among them The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climateabout pokpadour foibles of the English upper class.


I bet she’d have made ds great palace gossip of this period.

I know which author I’d like to read more of. Maria Theresa of Austria. Pompadiur read Kelly’s review; she says it waaay better then I can but agree with all of it.

She was one of the noted Mitford sisters and the first nancj publicise the extraordinary family life of her very English and very eccentric family, giving rise to a “Mitford industry” which continues. But this biography reveals two women, not one, and it is a picture of two times and two mindsets, and the primary one is not the one that takes place in the 18th century.

Overall, a pretty book that is better when it focuses on the more frivolous aspects of the lives of Louis XV and Madame de Pompadour. 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.

When they were not busy having affairs with other people’s spouses, they were gossiping about who else was apart from one married couple, who used to request a bedroom in the middle of dinner to cement their relationship. Mitford is great fun to read, breezy, well-informed and opinionated.

When I first started it I really liked it and thought – I wish all the history books I read at university were this interesting. So what remains of this woman who cost us so much in men and money, left us without honor and without energy, and who overthrew the whole political system of Europe?

Oct 16, Sketchbook rated it really liked it Shelves: History has loved her little better. And what have I taken from it? 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 houses didn’t last long after her death- after all, beauty and art are what should be appreciated above all.

Furniture, china, statues, pictures, books, plants, jewels, linen, silver, carriages, horses, yards and hundreds of yards of stuff, trunks full of dresses, cellars full of wine; the inventory of all this, divided into nearly three thousand lots, very few lots containing less than a dozen objects, took two lawyers more than a year to make. Thanks for telling us about the problem. I would and have read anything Nancy Mitford writes simply for her voice alone, and then, of course, Madame De Pompadour is such an interesting subject.


She’s happy to tell you, but being Mitford, a Jazz Age aristocrat, a Bright Young Thing, she’ll assume you know who all the people are already, and that you have a passing command of French, and focus on how they relate to the one she came to admire, La Pompadour. So you just have to go with the flow! Their letters — Mitford edited these two volumes of letters, written by the family of her great-grandparents, Edward Stanley, 2nd Baron Stanley of Alderley and his wife Henrietta Maria, daughter of the 13th Viscount Dillon.

We appreciate your feedback. This is a wonderfully enjoyable read; although even when it was first published it was seen more as entertainment than a serious work of history. And now make it witty, classy, and dismissive. Mitford makes a lot of snooty pronouncements but never produces any evidence, which drove me nuts.

I think I would have enjoyed this more if I had a more solid knowledge of French history, but her ability to develop a compelling narrative is, nevertheless, outstanding. She feels her subject has been unfairly maligned by history and wants to redress that, in the process giving us all a wonderful look at a most fascinating woman.

I absolutely adored this book from start to finish, and Nancy Mitford’s narrative charm is the reason entire. She does once or twice acknowledge that Louis XVI was rather shut off from the world in Versailles, and speaks of the political abuses that went on in France.

Madame de Pompadour, by Nancy Mitford. Her opinions on the characters of these long dead historical figures are regularly amusing. Even without these flaws, I don’t think that she was a particularly skilled writer. The Memoirs of Victor Hugo.

Madame de Pompadour

Nancy Mitford rather crushingly tells us that she was skilled “in the art of living,” and people who were starving for their bread just can’t properly appreciate that apparently. May 9, Imprint: But since I enjoyed a good chunk of this informative book – I decided to rate it “liked it”. On the other hand: Generalizations about women and politics certainly give us a bit more pause these days.