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Memoirs of the Comtesse du Barry



Author: Becu, Jeanne

Publisher: DK

Format: Mobipocket PRC

Content Language: English

Size: 907 KB

Publication Date: 2008-04-19

Category:
Fiction > Action & Adventure

Compatible Software:
Mobipocket ReaderMobipocket Reader

Digital Rights:
Encryption: Mobipocket DRM


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Memoirs of the Comtesse du Barry
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Jeanne Bécu, Comtesse du Barry (Marie-Jeanne, Comtesse du Barry) (August 19, 1743 - December 8, 1793) was a French courtesan who became the mistress of Louis XV of France and is one of the most famous victims of the Reign of Terror. She first became a courtesan under the title of Mademoiselle Lange, building up a large clientele. The dashing Maréchal de Richelieu became one of her recurring customers. Jean du Barry, however, saw her as a means of influence with Louis XV, who became aware of her in 1768 while on an errand in Versailles which involved the Duc de Choiseul, who immediately found she looked ordinary, unlike what most other men said of her. Marie-Jeanne, however, could not qualify as an official royal mistress unless she had a title; this was solved by her marriage to Du Barry's brother, Comte Guillaume du Barry, in 1769. She was presented to the King's family and the court on April 2, 1769. Followed by her personal Indian page Zamor, wearing extravagant gowns of great proportions both in size and cost, and diamonds covering her delicate neck and ears, she was now maitresse déclarée to Louis XV. While she was part of the faction that brought down the Duc de Choiseul, Minister of Foreign Affairs, she was unlike her late predecessor Madame de Pompadour in that she had little political influence upon the king, but rather preferred to pass her time having new gowns made and ordering jewelry of every shape, size and colour...


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