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Memoirs of the Comtesse Du Barry; with intimate details of her entire career as favorite of Louis XV   By: (1786-1864)

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Memoirs of the Comtesse du Barry With Minute Details of Her Entire Career as Favorite of Louis XV

"Written by Herself"

by Baron Etienne Leon Lamothe Langon

with a special introduction by Robert Arnot, M.A.

Gutenberg Editor's note: This delightful (piquant, the comtesse would say) pseudonymous work was in fact written not "by herself" but by Baron Etienne Leon Lamothe Langon (1786 1864). The persona created is that of a woman who always tells the truth as she sees it, but it is made clear to the reader that what the narrator sees is very seldom exactly the objective truth. The author ends as well as begins (in the middle of the action), thus creating an illusion of a slice of a journal but simultaneously giving the reader the uneasy feeling that the first and last chapters seem to be missing.

The French style quotation marks have, for ease in typesetting and use, been changed to American style quotation marks, and the dot after the name of Louis XV has been removed to conform to American punctuation. Italics are indicated by placing <> around the word or phrase italicized. Captions of illustrations are omitted because the illustrations themselves cannot be inserted. A few minor editing errors have been silently corrected. No other changes have been made; the irregularity in italicizing or not italicizing, in translating or not translating French words, and in punctuating quotations of letters, is in the text itself.

Notes are identified as coming from author, tr. (translator), editor, or Gutenberg editor.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

CHAPTER I

Letter from Lebel Visit from Lebel Nothing conclusive Another visit from Lebel Invitation to sup with the king Instructions of the comte Jean to the comtesse

CHAPTER II

A slight preface Arrival at Versailles <"La toilette"> Portrait of the king The duc de Richelieu The marquis de Chauvelin The duc de la Vauguyon Supper with the king The first night The following day The curiosity of comte Jean Presents from the king How disposed of

CHAPTER III

The king's message Letter from the countess A second supper at Versailles The duc d'Ayen A short account of M. de Fleury The duc de Duras Conversation with the king The next day A visit from the duc de Richelieu Visit from the duc de la Vauguyon Visit from comte Jean Visit from the king A third supper Favor

CHAPTER IV

The duc d'Aiguillon The duc de Fronsac The duchesse de Grammont The meeting Sharp words on both sides The duc de Choiseul Mesdames d'Aiguillon Letter from the duc d'Aiguillon Reply of madame du Barry Mademoiselle Guimard The prince de Soubise Explanation The Rohans Madame de Marsan Court friendships

CHAPTER V

The duc de la Vauguyon and the comtesse du Barry The marquis de Chauvelin and the comtesse M. de Montbarrey and the comtesse Intrigues Lebel Arrival of the du Barry family The comte d'Hargicourt The demoiselles du Barry Marriage of the comtesse The marquis de Bonrepos Correspondences The broken glass

CHAPTER VI

Journey to Choisy The comtesse du Barry and Louis XV The king of Denmark The czar Peter Frederick II The abbe de la Chapelle An experiment New intrigues Secret agents The comtesse and Louis XV Of the presentation Letter of the comtesse to the duc d'Aiguillon Reply Prince de Soubise

CHAPTER VII

The comtesse and the duc d'Aiguillon M. de Soubise Louis XV and the duc d'Aiguillon Letter from the comtesse to the king Answer of the king The "" The comtesse and Louis XV The supper The court ladies mystified The comtesse and M. de Sartines

CHAPTER VIII

The sieur Ledoux The The duc de la Vrilliere Madame de Langeac M. de Maupeou Louis XV The comte Jean

CHAPTER IX

The king of Denmark The courtesans of Paris The duc de Choiseul and the bishop of Orleans Witty repartees of the king of Denmark His visit to madame du Barry "The court of king Petaud," a satire Letter of the duc d'Aiguillon to Voltaire The duchesse de Grammont mystified Unpublished letter of Voltaire's

CHAPTER X

When is the presentation to take place? Conversation on this subject with the king M... Continue reading book >>




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