Hardback copy. Printed 1954.
First published in 1954, this is an evocation of Louis XV’s court at Versailles. The political and religious complications of the time are explained and put into context, while the complex characters are brought vividly to life.
When Jeanne-Antoinette was nine, she was told by a fortune teller that she would one day become the mistress of the handsome young Louix XV – from that day she was groomed to become ‘a morsel fit for a King’. Nancy Mitford lovingly tells the story of how the little girl rose, against a backdrop of savage social-climbing, intrigue, excess and high drama, to become the most powerful women of the eighteenth century French court, Le Pompadour.