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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: (1786-1864)

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I recently had the pleasure of delving into a captivating memoir that introduced me to the fascinating life of the Comtesse Du Barry. Authored by Etienne-Léon Lamothe-Langon, this book grants readers an intimate glimpse into the life of a woman who rose to become the favorite of the enigmatic King Louis XV of France.

Lamothe-Langon's writing style effortlessly transports the reader back to the opulent court of Versailles, where political intrigue, scandal, and exquisite luxury mingled to create a unique and turbulent atmosphere. Through Du Barry's own words, we gain insight into the hidden corners of power, indulgence, and manipulation that characterized the French aristocracy of the time.

What sets this memoir apart is its meticulous attention to detail. Every aspect of Du Barry's career as Louis XV's mistress is carefully recorded, providing a comprehensive account of her rise to prominence. From her humble beginnings as a lowly seamstress to her ascent to the court of Versailles, each step in Du Barry's journey is recounted with immaculate precision. Readers who appreciate historical accuracy and thoroughness will find immense satisfaction within these pages.

The book also delves into the personal life of the Comtesse Du Barry, uncovering the complexities of her character beyond her societal role. Lamothe-Langon unravels the layers of her personality, revealing a woman who was not only adept at playing the political game, but who also possessed a genuine love for the arts and a deep desire for personal growth. Through her interactions with literary figures, painters, and musicians, the reader witnesses her transformation into a patroness of the arts, nurturing the talents of those around her.

While the memoir provides a valuable window into Du Barry's life, it is important to acknowledge the author's own influence on the narrative. Although presented as a first-person account, it is known that Lamothe-Langon used collected materials to create a cohesive story, resulting in some ambiguity regarding the authenticity of certain events. However, this does not diminish the overall impact of the memoir, as it is still a captivating and enlightening read for anyone interested in French history.

In conclusion, Etienne-Léon Lamothe-Langon's memoir delves into the life of the Comtesse Du Barry, offering readers a chance to witness the extraordinary rise of a woman who captured the heart of a king. With its meticulous attention to detail and captivating storytelling, this book is a treasure trove for history enthusiasts and those intrigued by the intricate dynamics of the French court. Despite some questions surrounding the memoir's authenticity, it remains an engaging and informative account of a remarkable woman's journey through the tumultuous era of the Ancien Régime.

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By Baron Etienne Leon Lamothe Langon

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



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


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


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


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


The duc de la Vauguyon and the comtesse du Barry The marquis de Chauvelin and the comtesse M... Continue reading book >>

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