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Madame de Pompadour Let s get this out here first if I wanted to bring back one 20th century British person to go to tea and just hang out, it would be Nancy Mitford sorry, Jessica, you are my go to girl for rallies and being snide about people, I promise Nancy Mitford s account of the life of Madame de Pompadour is immensely readable and well presented From her beginnings as Jeanne Antoinette Poisson to the cultural curator of the French court, Nancy Mitford chronicles the rise and death of the most famous Fr Let s get this out here first if I wanted to bring back one 20th century British person to go to tea and just hang out, it would be Nancy Mitford sorry, Jessica, you are my go to girl for rallies and being snide about people, I promise Nancy Mitford s account of the life of Madame de Pompadour is immensely readable and well presented From her beginnings as Jeanne Antoinette Poisson to the cultural curator of the French court, Nancy Mitford chronicles the rise and death o I ve never posted an image before other than book covers so this is likely to be painful I don t know why I m starting with La Pompadour, as her brother apparently said that none of the many portraits of her resembled her But I have always loved this Boucher painting.Mitford s style is conversational I felt like I was was back in the 18th century having a good old gossip over a cup of tea No doubt Nancy I would have been whispering behind our hand painted fans Mitford s wri I ve never posted an image before oth Louis XV Mme explain the worldly French sexyouall sensibility after 5 6 years the pash is over we should all knowthat, and love deepens while outsider sexercises play on Yes, some of us know, but few have the French toleration understanding Nancy Mitford reports with her usual sparkle.I will NOT expand asdoubles prices on books with good GR reviews I discovered this Louis XV and Madame de Pompadour hold the center but are not always as interesting as the supporting players Voltaire appears in his fascinating duality, flattering and satirical, unctuous and petulant, apt to bite the hands that feed him Mitford describes the laudatory poem he penned after the victory over the English at Fontenoy in 1745 Richelieu, a great friend of Voltaire s, got evenpraise than he deserved and the cunning old poet mentioned a lot of other people who might be usef Louis XV and Madame de Pompadour hold the center but are not always as interesting as the supporting players Voltaire appears in his fascinating duality, flattering and satirical, unctuous and petulant, apt to bite the hands that f Madame de Pompadour excelled at an art which the majority of human beings thoroughly despise because it is unprofitable and ephemeral the art of living Decadent 18th century French life told in the crisp tones of the 1950 s An unusual and cute biography that I don t think you could get away with publishing today Nancy Mitford writes as if she knows her subjects personally Her opinions on the characters of these long dead historical figures are regularly amusing The Queen, who, like many Madame de Pompadour excelled at an art which the majority of human beings thoroughly despise because it is unprofitable and ephemeral the art of living Decadent 18th century French life told in the crisp tones of the 1950 s An unusual and cute biography that I don t think you could get away with publishing today Nancy Mitford writes as if she knows her subjects personally Her opinions on the characters of these long dead historical figures are regularly amusing The Queen, who, like many meek and holy people, had a catty side to her nature The second half of the book regarding the seven years war and the p An enjoyable biography of that greatest of all courtisanes, Madame de Pompadour, told in the extremely posh voice of Nancy Mitford Nancy Mitford is through her own aristocratic upbringing very apt in commenting on the ways of the French court and courtiers 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 The biography certainly provides many hilarious anecdotes and interesting stories I had no idea that An enjoyable biography of that greatest of all courtisanes, Madame de Pompadour, told in the extremely posh voice of Nancy Mitford Nancy Mitford is through her own aristocratic upbringing very apt in commenting on the ways of the French court and courtiers 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 The biography certainly provides many hilarious anecdotes and interesting stories I had no idea that Madame de Pompadour had such an influence at the French court that, through her actions, she changed the course of the war with Prussia and England and, consequently, had a great influence 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 what 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 relat Biographies are my kind of book I ve probably said it before, but if they re well written they re an instant 4 star read for me This one I rated 3 stars Looking back, that s probably harsh, but while I liked it, I didn t really like it 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 There was a lot to like though Nancy has an i Biographies are my kind 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 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 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 Recreates The Spirit Of 18th 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.


About the Author: Nancy Mitford

Nancy Mitford, CBE 28 November 1904, London 30 June 1973, Versailles , styled The Hon Nancy Mitford before her marriage and The Hon 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 She was born at 1 Graham Street now Graham Place in Belgravia, London, the eldest daughter of Lord Redesdale and Nancy Mitford, CBE 28 November 1904, London 30 June 1973, Versailles , styled The Hon Nancy Mitford before her marriage and The Hon 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 She was born at 1 Graham Street now Graham Place in Belgravia, London, the eldest daughter of Lord Redesdale and was brought up at Asthall Manor in Oxfordshire She was the eldest of the six controversial Mitford sisters.She is best remembered for her series of novels about upper class life in England and France, particularly the four published after 1945 but she also wrote four well received, well researched popular biographies of Louis XIV, Madame de Pompadour, Voltaire, and Frederick the Great She was one of the noted Mitford sisters and the first to publicise the extraordinary family life of her very English and very eccentric family, giving rise to a Mitford industry which continues.Her Published Works Novels Highland Fling 1931 Christmas Pudding 1932 Wigs on the Green 1935 Pigeon Pie 1940 The Pursuit of Love 1945 Love in a Cold Climate 1949 The Blessing 1951 Don t Tell Alfred 1960 Non Fiction Madame de Pompadour 1954 Voltaire in Love 1957 The preface to Saint Simon at Versailles by Lucy Norton 1958 The Water Beetle 1962 The Sun King 1966 Frederick the Great 1970 A Talent to Annoy Essays, Journalism and Reviews 1929 1968 edited by Charlotte Mosley 1986 Collections of Letters Love from Nancy The Letters of Nancy Mitford edited by Charlotte Mosley 1993 The Letters of Nancy Mitford and Evelyn Waugh edited by Charlotte Mosley 1996 The Bookshop at 10 Curzon Street Letters between Nancy Mitford and Heywood Hill 1952 73 edited by John Saumarez Smith 2004 The Mitfords Letters Between Six Sisters edited by Charlotte Mosley 2007 Works as Editor The Ladies of Alderley Letters 1841 1850 1938 The Stanleys of Alderley Their letters 1851 1865 1939 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 Noblesse Oblige 1956


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