Start your review of Madame de Pompadour Write a review Shelves: 18th-century , history , tres-francais , examined-lives , partialprejudicedandignorantopinion , grande-dames , shes-quite-an-original-my-dear , londonreadinglist "Nineteenth century historians, shocked by the contemplation of such a merry, pointless life, have been at great pains to emphasize the boredom from which, they say, the whole Court and the King suffered. No doubt a life devoted to pleasure must sometimes show the reverse side of the medal and it is quite true that boredom was the enemy, to be vanquished by fair means or foul. But the memoirs of the day and the accounts of the courtiers who lived through the Revolution.. If ever a house radiated cheerfulness, that house is Versailles; no other building in the world is such a felicitious combination of palace and country house The case of the Duc de Richelieu illustrates the fact that once a man has been convicted of treachery, he is better dead; the traitor will always betray If, when the Regent had enough proof to cut off four of M.

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He was cleared eight years later and allowed to return to France. At age 5 Jeanne Antoinette was sent to receive the finest quality education of the day in an Ursuline convent in Poissy, where she gained admiration for her wit and charm.

Within these circles she learned the fine art of conversation and developed the sharp wit for which she would later become known at Versailles. Because she occupied an estate near this location she was permitted to follow the royal party at a distance.

The King sent a gift of venison to her. The king purchased the marquisate of Pompadour on 24 June and gave the estate, with title and coat-of-arms, to Jeanne Antoinette, making her a Marquise. Determined to make her place at court secure, Pompadour immediately attempted to forge a good relationship with the royal family. Pompadour quickly mastered the highly mannered court etiquette. Pompadour effectively played the role of prime minister, becoming responsible for appointing advancements, favors, and dismissals, and contributing in domestic and foreign politics.

France suffered a defeat at the hands of the Prussians in the Battle of Rossbach in , and eventually lost her American colonies to the British. Madame de Pompadour persisted in her support of these policies, and when Cardinal de Bernis failed her, she brought Choiseul into office and supported and guided him in all his great plans: the Pacte de Famille , the suppression of the Jesuits and the Treaty of Paris But Madame de Pompadour supported great ministers like Bertin and Machaut who introduced important fiscal and economic reforms trade, infrastructure, income taxes which made France the richest nation in the world.

Diderot portrayed Pompadour in a flattering light, most likely to ensure her support for Encyclopedie. She was very sensitive to the unending libels called poissonnades, analogous to mazarinade against Cardinal Mazarin and a pun on her family name, Poisson , which means "fish" in French. Friend of the King[ edit ] Jean Baptiste Pigalle: Madame de Pompadour as "Friendship" Louvre Madame de Pompadour was able to wield such influence at court due to the invaluable role she played as a friend and confidant of the King.

In opposition to previous mistresses of Louis XV, Pompadour made herself invaluable to the King by becoming the only person whom Louis trusted and who could be counted on to tell him the truth. Pompadour was an indispensable comfort to Louis who was prone to melancholy and boredom. She alone was able to captivate and amuse him, and would entertain Louis with elegant parties, afternoons of hunting, and journeying among their various real estate holdings.

In order to cement her continuing importance as favourite in the face of these impediments, Pompadour took on the role of "friend of the King" which she announced through artistic patronage. It was not, as often described, a harem; it was occupied by only one woman at a time. Pompadour was not involved, other than to accept it as a necessity. All these little girls with no education will not take it from me. I would not be so calm if I saw some pretty woman of the court or the capital trying to conquer it.

However it is also widely recognised that Madame de Pompadour engaged with prominent artists as a way to capture the attention of the king whilst cultivating her public image. In addition to supporting the arts as a patron, Pompadour also participated in them more directly.

Besides being one of the few 18th-century practitioners of gem engraving, she was an acclaimed stage actress in plays staged at her private theaters at Versailles and Bellevue Hyde, She collected influential books such as the History of the Stuarts, printed in with her own printing press which can be determined through the stamp markings of her arms located on the cover.

Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild, an avid 19th-century collector in London and Waddesdon Manor, collected a number of her books, including this previously mentioned book and a copy of her published catalogue of books from , which lists her entire collection. The personal portfolio of Madame de Pompadour was found in the Walters Art Museum manuscript room by art historian Susan Wager [43] Some art historians argue whether or not she should be considered a collaborator with the artists under her patronage, since there is no documentation of how much Pompadour might have contributed to the works; whose idea, and whose composition, will remain a mystery.


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Ze kreeg twee kinderen met hem, een jongen die een jaar na zijn geboorte overleed, en een meisje, Alexandrine-Jeanne 10 augustus Uit schilderijen blijkt dat ze werd gezien als een mooie vrouw, en daarnaast was ze populair in de gegoede Parijse kringen. In februari van dat jaar werd ze uitgenodigd voor een gemaskerd bal ter ere van de trouwerij van de zoon van de koning. De koning gaf haar woonruimte in Versailles. Hij kocht ook Pompadour voor haar, de eerste van zes woningen.


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After several years as a tea planter in Ceylon he fought in the Boer War of — and was severely wounded. Before this experiment was discontinued, Nancy had become self-centred and uncontrollable; Hastings writes that her first years were "characterised by roaring, red-faced rages". The few months she spent there represented almost the whole of her formal schooling; in the autumn the family moved to a larger house in Victoria Road , Kensington , after which Nancy was educated at home by successive governesses. It was here that their fifth child was conceived, a daughter born in London on 8 August and christened Unity.


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