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Madame de Pompadour : sex, culture and power

Author: Margaret Crosland
Publisher: Stroud, Gloucestershire [England] : Sutton Pub., 2000.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 1730 nine-year-old Jeanne-Antoinette de La Motte was taken to see a fortuneteller: the child, prophesied Madame Lebon, would become mistress to the king. It was an extraordinary suggestion for the daughter of a femme galante with a doubtful reputation but the child became Madame de Pompadour, lover of Louis XV, and for nearly twenty years her life was dedicated solely to serving the king.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Jeanne Antoinette Poisson Pompadour, marquise de; Louis, King of France; Louis, King of France; Jeanne Antoinette Poisson de Pompadour
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Margaret Crosland
ISBN: 0750923385 9780750923385
OCLC Number: 46915053
Description: 186 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Fit for a King --
Superstition and Secrecy --
The Encyclopedie --
Madame d'Etiolles --
Maitresse en Titre --
Voltaire --
Pompadour's Houses --
Versailles --
Portraits of Pompadour --
Le Parc aux Cerfs --
War, Treachery and the Power Game --
In Search of Pompadour --
Pompadour as Letter Writer.
Responsibility: Margaret Crosland.

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The royal mistress was an institution in France during the reigns of Louis XIV and Louis XV, and Madame de Pompadour was the most impressive and creative. This book shows how she achieved  Read more...

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