Madame De Pompadour

Madame De Pompadour

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Baker & Taylor
A portrait of the famous mistress of Louis XV traces the political and personal intricacies of her relationship with the king, her impact on period culture, and friendships with top artists, writers, and philosophers.

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A French historian chronicles the life of Jeanne-Antoinette de Pompadour (1721-64), the influential official mistress of King Louis XV who became France's de facto second queen. Beginning with the king mourning a previous favorite's death, this biography details her controversial roles as lover, patron of the arts, and politic advisor. Includes color illustrations. Originally published in 2000 by Editions Perrin, France. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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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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A portrait of the famous mistress of Louis XV traces the political and personal intricacies of her relationship with the king, her impact on period culture, and friendships with top artists, writers, and philosophers. 15,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780374113087
0374113084
Branch Call Number: B POM
Characteristics: viii, 310 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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Nov 05, 2011

There is a very touching episode in the television show Doctor Who in which the Doctor, through the magic of alien technology, travels into the past and makes the acquaintance of Jeanette Poisson, the future Madame de Pompadour. The episode is very poignant and moving (in itself quite unusual for Doctor Who) . On the basis of this one episode I determined that I ought to get to know a little more about this intriguing lady.
"Madame de Pompadour" is a biography written by Evilyne Lever. This book demonstrates that when it comes to biographies one had best choose one’s topic carefully. There is nothing gripping here; nothing to excite or electrify. Perhaps the greatest compliment I could pay this book is to call it sedate.
After seventy pages this book still hasn’t excited me. And it probably won’t. If you read this book --- be forewarned.

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