The Enemies of Versailles

The Enemies of Versailles

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Book - 2017
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In the final installment of Sally Christie's Mistresses of Versailles trilogy, Jeanne Becu, a woman of astounding beauty but humble birth, works her way from the grimy back streets of Paris to the palace of Versailles, where the aging King Louis XV has become a jaded and bitter old philanderer. Jeanne bursts into his life and, as the Comtesse du Barry, quickly becomes his official mistress. "That beastly bourgeois Pompadour was one thing; a common prostitute is quite another kettle of fish." After decades of suffering the King's endless stream of Royal Favorites, the princesses of the Court have reached a breaking point. Horrified that he would bring the lowborn Comtesse du Barry into the hallowed halls of Versailles, Louis XV's daughters, led by the indomitable Madame Adelaide, vow eternal enmity and enlist the young dauphiness Marie Antoinette in their fight against the new mistress. But as tensions rise and the French Revolution draws closer, a prostitute in the palace soon becomes the least of the nobility's concerns.
Publisher: New York :, Atria Paperback,, [2017]
ISBN: 9781501103025
Branch Call Number: FICTION CHR
Characteristics: 399 pages ; 21 cm

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samdog123 Jun 12, 2017

This is the last book in a wonderful trilogy about Louis XV. The excesses and wastefulness of the aristocracy eventually brought down everything. The first book, 'Sisters of Versailles,' is about the king's affairs with the de Mailly sisters. The second book, 'The Rivals of Versailles,' is about his affair and relationship with Pompadour, herself a brilliant stateswoman. And the last is 'The Enemies of Versailles,' and is about his affair with du Barry, a prostitute turned into a courtesan. A fascinating look at court life, relationships, politics of the time. The last book captures the inevitability of the revolution through the eyes of the characters. Recommended if you enjoy reading books about this time in history.

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TheresaAJ
May 15, 2017

In this final volume of her The Mistresses of Versailles trilogy, Christie explores the life and times of Madame du Barry, the last mistress of Louis XV. As we follow her rise from low-born prostitute to royal mistress, we all learn about the final decades leading to the French Revolution. Along the way she battles with Louis' daughters, tries to befriend a very young Marie Antoinette, and amasses a fortune in her own right through gifts of jewelry and property. Neither her fortune nor her head survives revolution fever. Only Adelaide, Louis' third daughter, survives the revolution until her death in 1800 while living in Italy.

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