Madame de Pompadour: A Life

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Macmillan, 2003 - 320 Seiten

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. Born into the financial bourgeoisie that was a world apart from the royal court, the beautiful Jeanne Antoinette nonetheless fulfilled this prophecy by becoming Madame de Pompadour, the most famous and influential mistress of Louis XV. In this sumptuous biography, Evelyne Lever traces the enduring friendship between the monarch and his favorite, and the far-reaching implications-both personal and political-of their relationship.

Pompadour was devoted to Louis XV, and her contribution to the culture of the age was significant: she was an outstanding singer and actress, entertaining the King and the court in impressive stage productions, and was a longtime patron of the visual arts. She commissioned paintings by Boucher, Nattier, Van Loo, La Tour, and Pigalle, and she formed friendships with many of the philosophers and writers of the period, including Fontenelle, Crébillon, and Voltaire. In effect, she was France's minister of culture at a time when no such position existed. But she was loathed for her role in France's disastrous military losses, and was the victim of persistent court gossip and intrigues.

This vibrant biography sheds new light on the talented and resilient woman who influenced, for better and worse, the fate of a nation.

 

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The book is a small, popular history and a quick summary of Pompadour's life. The author is French, and offers a decent list of primary sources, however the work itself isn't anything exceptional. The ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Madame de Pompadour: a life

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Here are two biographies of Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson, who became famous in 18th-century France as mistress of and confidante to Louis XV. When Poisson was young, a fortune-teller predicted that she ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Inhalt

DEATH OF A FAVORITE
3
MADAME dETIOLLES
12
A STEADY RISE TO THE TOP
22
THE SUMMER OF FONTENOY
36
THE COURT
47
DEBUT IN THIS COUNTRY
58
THE ORACLE OF THE COURT
70
THEATER IN THE PRIVATE APARTMENTS
81
PATRONESS OF THE ARTS
168
THE TEMPTATION OF POLITICS
180
SECRET NEGOTIATIONS
190
ARRANGEMENTS WITH THE POWERS ON HIGH
200
THE ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT
209
THE GIDDINESS OF POWER
219
A PERPETUAL COMBAT
230
BERNISS FALL FROM GRACE
239

PLEASURES AND DAYS
91
A WELLTRAINED ODALISQUE
102
THE POISSONADES
111
THE LIFE I LEAD IS DREADFUL
126
THE SHADOW OF MADAME de MAINTENON
138
1752 THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY
149
A DUCHESS HIGH AND LOW
159
THE KING THE MINISTER AND THE MARQUISE
247
ONE MOMENT MONSIEUR Le CURE
260
NOTES
269
BIBLIOGRAPHY
297
INDEX
303
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Über den Autor (2003)

Evelyne Lever is a leading French historian. Marie Antoinette is her first book to be published in the United States. She lives in Paris with her husband, Maurice Lever, the author of Sade.

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