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|Named Person:||Jeanne Antoinette Poisson Pompadour, marquise de; Louis, King of France; Louis, King of France; Jeanne Antoinette Poisson de Pompadour|
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|Description:||186 p.,  p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.|
|Contents:||Fit for a King --
Superstition and Secrecy --
The Encyclopedie --
Madame d'Etiolles --
Maitresse en Titre --
Pompadour's Houses --
Portraits of Pompadour --
Le Parc aux Cerfs --
War, Treachery and the Power Game --
In Search of Pompadour --
Pompadour as Letter Writer.
Madame de Pompadour was born in 1721. Though beautiful and vivacious, with her father exiled in disgrace after the fall of the Regent, her outlook seemed unpromising. But Le Normant de Tournehem, a successful 'friend' of her mother, saw her potential, and arranged for her to be cultured and educated in the ways of society. Soon she was welcome at the salons of the famous. Then, reputedly at a ball, she met the king. Within months she was installed at Versailles.
This engagingly written biography of Madame de Pompadour, the first in English for over thirty years, vividly recreates the life of one of the most enigmatic and powerful women of her time. Set against a background of the politics and culture of pre-Revolutionary France, it reveals both the limitations and the extent of status and power open to women in eighteenth-century Europe.
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