Nancy has an i Biographies are my kind of book. On December 30, 1721 Jean-Antoinette Poisson, the future Marquise de Pompadour was born to Louise Madeleine de la Motte and Francois Poisson of the bourgeois class. Similar to the work of Isak Dinesen, to Vita Sackville-West and Evelyn Waugh in Brideshead at any rate , this is a lament for the decline of the aristocracy. Despite the public's view of her, the King continued to remain faithful to the Marquise de Pompadour. Now during Louis reign, he was in wars, seemingly all the time. She more than fulfilled her destiny, becoming his acknowledged mistress and one of the most powerful women in 18th-century France.
It gave a brief description of her background, as well as her role as the King's entertainer. An unusual case, but much like Cinderella hiding in her dirty clothes, a case where the way we are born nonetheless does tell. This article is useful in displaying Pompadour's taste of style and influence over the kings tastes. There's a way some of these women have of staring you down with utter unconsciousness that anyone could sensibly feel anything different that makes you blink even when you know there's something wrong with that reasoning. And what have I taken from it? I absolutely adored this book from start to finish, and Nancy Mitford's narrative charm is the reason entire.
He enjoyed watching her perform in plays at her own theater built in her Etiolles estate. She adored the King and longed for children with him but all her pregnancies ended in miscarriages although she had one daughter,Alexandrine,with her husband and the King adored her acted as a stepfather. It provides personal background on Pompadour and her influence on the theaters, public, and royalty. She was the direct responsible by the purchase of the well-known. As a wedding gift, de Tournehem gave his estate at Étiolles, which was situated on the edge of the Royal Hunting Ground in the forest of Sénart, to his nephew.
But I have always loved this Boucher painting. There are many anecdotes attributed to Madame de Pompadour, born Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson on December 29,1721, in Paris to François and Madeleine La Motte Poisson. She often accompanied the King on hunts and visits to his many properties. It is only a fling! He was officially married to Queen Marie Leszczyńska, daughter of King Stanislaw of Poland. She was no where near that beautiful.
Both the color facings and the nickname were passed onto the Essex Regiment. She was also very successful in her artistic creations. Louis hated artist, writers of any kind, knowing that they would turn against him at a moments notice, and he hated bad press. Here are 42 devious facts about Madame de Pompadour. The author lists everything that happened in the life of Madame de Pompadour but analyzes none of it. Additionally, it would have been nice to have more of the primary sources quoted directly, particularly Madame de Pompadour's own writings.
Don't get me wrong — Mitford could write, and Reinette is a worthy subject. She also protected the Physiocrates, a group of French Enlightenment economists, who believed that the wealth of nations was derived solely from the value of agriculture. Other people will respect you for your knowledge and independence, not your face. Francois was a steward to the Paris brothers who were responsible for running the economy of France. Late in the winter of 1764 she contracted tuberculosis and died on April 15, barely two months later.
Mitford's narrative consists of Mme du Pompadour going up against an engrained nobility which in retrospect was not far from failing miserably as a more bourgeois but also more authentically French personality. This shows the authority that this woman had on the politics of the society. Although apparently not that fond of jewellery she had plenty of it. I'll distill the good stuff here and save you some time and effort. Nancy Mitford is through her own aristocratic upbringing very apt in commenting on the ways of the French court and courtiers. She made and unmade generals during the Seven Yearís War and helped to bring out the famous change of alliances. Mitford believed the jolly Mme du Barry would have only had the status of these other women if Pompadour had been still alive.
We can assume that Louis appreciated that reference because he chose that ball to unmask himself to her and publicly declare his affection for Pompadour. The Marquise de Pompadour, who had put all of her energy towards the affairs of the state, was physically fatigued and became quite ill. The first mistress of the king was usually courtiers themselves and royalty; however she was from the fiance world-the lower-class! Also recommended are and The Sun King, and I am very much looking forward to her biography of Frederick the Great that was just re-issued last month. Based on the 1900 novel which shares its name, the film was a box office disappointment for its star, Rudolph Valentino. Her mother sent her to the Ursuline convent in Poissy where she received a good education. Nancy Mitford is through her own aristocratic upbringing very apt in commenting on the ways of the French court and courtiers.
Nancy Mitford writes as if she knows her subjects personally. She died on April 15, 1764. Madame de Pompadour had a profound effect over the private life of the court. Sadly the little girl died aged only ten and Madame de Pompadour never got over her death although she had to hide her feelings since it was her job to amuse the King and keep him cheerful. An unusual and cute biography that I don't think you could get away with publishing today.