Madame de Pompadour by Christine Pevitt Algrant
Mistress of France

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A portrait of Louis XV's mistress depicts her as a self-made woman who rose from anonymity in early eighteenth-century Paris to a person of influence in Versailles.
 

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Published September 1, 2002 by Grove Press. 338 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Travel. Non-fiction
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(The title of Madame de Pompadour was purchased for her.) Once ensconced in the palace and the king’s affections, she proved a force to be reckoned with, far surpassing her sponsors’ dreams as she influenced France’s ministerial, political, and cultural realms.

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It's impossible to read Algrant's relatively reserved study (compared with that of Evelyne Lever, [see review on p. 166]) without thinking, at least fleetingly, of Monica Lewinsky. Jeanne-A

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Algrant (Philippe, duc d'Orléans) does a terrific job portraying a woman driven by a potent combination of ambition, insecurity and a dogged determination to fulfill the destiny set forth for her at age nine, when a fortune teller predicted she would become the mistress of the king of France.

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