The Mistress of Paris

The Mistress of Paris
Title The Mistress of Paris PDF eBook
Author Catherine Hewitt
Publisher Icon Books Ltd
Pages 415
Release 2015-11-05
Genre History
ISBN 1848319274

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Valtesse de la Bigne was a celebrated nineteenth-century Parisian courtesan. She was painted by Manet and inspired Emile Zola, who immortalised her in his scandalous novel Nana. Her rumoured affairs with Napoleon III and the future Edward VII kept gossip columns full. But her glamourous existence hid a dark secret: she was no Comtesse. She was born into abject poverty, raised on a squalid Paris backstreet; the lowest of the low. Yet she transformed herself into an enchantress who possessed a small fortune, three mansions, fabulous carriages, and art the envy of connoisseurs across Europe. A consummate show-woman, she ensured that her life – and even her death – remained shrouded in just enough mystery to keep her audience hungry for more. Catherine Hewitt's biography tells, for the first time ever in English, the forgotten story of a remarkable woman who, though her roots were lowly, never stopped aiming high.

Madame de Pompadour

Madame de Pompadour
Title Madame de Pompadour PDF eBook
Author Christine Pevitt
Publisher Grove Press
Pages 364
Release 2002
Genre Biography & Autobiography
ISBN 9780802140357

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This biography of the legendary mistress of King Louis XV offers dramatic insight into the life of one of the most enchanting, powerful, and feared women to grace the world's stage. Groomed from an early age to assume the role of a rich man's mistress, Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson underwent several transformations before she caught the heart of the king himself. Although accustomed to the king's extramarital relationships, the court was shocked at the sudden ascension of the low-born Mademoiselle Poisson. The newcomer, however, wasted no time in establishing herself as the king's sole confidante and, ultimately, his indispensable partner in affairs of state. The critically acclaimed author of Philippe, Duc d'Orleans, Christine Pevitt Algrant traces Madame de Pompadour from her modest beginnings in early-eighteenth-century Paris to her reign as the undisputed mistress of Versailles. Filled with photographs, and evocative and insightful in its telling, Madame de Pompadour is a seductive portrait of one of the most fascinating and influential women of the age.

Mistress of the Revolution

Mistress of the Revolution
Title Mistress of the Revolution PDF eBook
Author Catherine Delors
Publisher Penguin
Pages 476
Release 2008
Genre Fiction
ISBN 9780525950547

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Forced to marry an elderly baron instead of a man she loves, impoverished noblewoman Gabrielle de Montserrat is condemned to death at the height of the French Revolution and finds her life placed in the hands of her former lover.

On the State of Society in France Before the Revolution of 1789

On the State of Society in France Before the Revolution of 1789
Title On the State of Society in France Before the Revolution of 1789 PDF eBook
Author Alexis de Tocqueville
Publisher
Pages 452
Release 1873
Genre France
ISBN

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2d ed., with seven additional chapters.

Punch

Punch
Title Punch PDF eBook
Author
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Pages 320
Release 1875
Genre Periodicals
ISBN

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The American Club of Paris Year-book

The American Club of Paris Year-book
Title The American Club of Paris Year-book PDF eBook
Author American Club of Paris
Publisher
Pages 76
Release 1913
Genre
ISBN

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The Saturday Review of Politics, Literature, Science and Art

The Saturday Review of Politics, Literature, Science and Art
Title The Saturday Review of Politics, Literature, Science and Art PDF eBook
Author
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Pages 1020
Release 1879
Genre Art
ISBN

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