MADAME DE POMPADOUR NANCY MITFORD PDF

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When Jeanne-Antoinette was nine, she was told by a fortune teller that she would one day become the mistress of the handsome young Louix XV - from that day she was groomed to become 'a morsel fit for a King'. Nancy Mitford lovingly tells the story of how the little girl rose, against a backdrop of savage social-climbing, intrigue, excess and high drama, to become the most powerful women of the eighteenth century French court, Le Pompadour.

The secret of a good biography is not just to tell the person's story but to create the world in which they lived. No historian writing in English has given a better pen-picture of Versailles in its heyday". Nancy Mitford was born in London on November 28 , daughter of the second Baron Redesdale, and the eldest of six girls.

The Mitford sisters came of age during the Roaring Twenties and wartime in London, and were well known for their beauty, upper-class bohemianism or political allegiances. Nancy contributed columns to The Lady and the Sunday Times, as well as writing a series of popular novels including The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate, which detailed the high-society affairs of the six Radlett sisters.

While working in London during the Blitz, Nancy met and fell in love with Gaston Palewski, General de Gaulle's chief of staff, and eventually moved to Paris to be near him. Nancy completed her last book, Frederick the Great, before she died of Hodgkin's disease on 30 June For the latest books, recommendations, offers and more. By signing up, I confirm that I'm over View all newsletter.

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Voltaire in Love Nancy Mitford. The Sun King Nancy Mitford. About the Author. Nancy Mitford Nancy Mitford was born in London on November 28 , daughter of the second Baron Redesdale, and the eldest of six girls. Related articles. Sign up to the Penguin Newsletter For the latest books, recommendations, offers and more. Please enter an email.

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Nancy Mitford, who has already placed a personal cachet on the French aristocracy in its contemporary survival, returns to the age- and the personages who saw its fullest if final effulgence, and the Delightful so far. Written much more like a novel than a biography, so I won't be quoting from it any time soon, but a fun summer read. Madame de Pompadour. Nancy Mitford. 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.

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