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Author:  Délicate fleur [ Tue Aug 19, 2008 2:52 am ]
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dreamoutloud wrote:
She does seem to have been kind of an odd case, though. It was actually an Englishman, George Greive, who was in France, who was the person tracking her down and doing his best to get her arrested. He certainly seemed to have some sort of personal issue/obsession with her.

I believe he was a disgruntled former lover. This may be wrong. Comte, I recommend Joan Haslip's 'Madame du Barry: The Wages of Beauty' http://www.amazon.com/Madame-du-Barry-Wages-Beauty/dp/185043753X/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1219114178&sr=8-5

Author:  dreamoutloud [ Tue Aug 19, 2008 4:28 am ]
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An absolutely epic biography is Claude Saint-André's A King's Favorite: Madame Dubarry and her times from hitherto unpublished documents. It has English translations of a lot of the original source material. I do not recommend the biography by Stanley Loomis.

Author:  Délicate fleur [ Tue Aug 19, 2008 5:58 am ]
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I have not heard of these two. Why do you not like Loomis' work? Biased?

Author:  dreamoutloud [ Tue Aug 19, 2008 6:24 am ]
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I can't speak for the earlier part of Du Barry's life, as I was researching the trial, but for the parts I read I found it overly-sentimental, sometimes at the expense of historical accuracy, and he was very bad about citing his sources. And what really annoyed me, as I was doing research, was the lack of information he gives overall. It's a short book, but there were other short biographies that gave more in-depth information than he did. He seemed to take up a lot of text with extended gushing about how sweet and kind and gorgeous Du Barry was and how the evil, nasty revolutionaries were being mean to her. (I'm kind of curious what he said about her and Antoinette's feud back in the day.) Like I said, I found the excess sentimentality to be unprofessional and it came at the expense of historical accuracy and actually putting information in the book. And, as I said, very bad about citing his sources, which particularly stood out because I was trying to track down the original documents.

I can't recommend Saint-André's book enough for anyone who is interested in du Barry. It's definitely the most in-depth biography of her out there.

Author:  Comte de Provence [ Thu Aug 21, 2008 2:47 am ]
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She is very fascinating.
I will look into these books.
Thank you!

Author:  silverstar [ Sat Jul 25, 2009 12:46 am ]
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"Mme Vigee le Brun was painting the portrait of Mme Du Barry at her elegant
chateau not far from Paris.
They suddenly heard the sound of canon fire... it was the Bastille being stormed by
the mob.
Mme Vigee le Brun wrote of these times in her memoirs (free on line well worth a read)
The portrait of Mme Du Barry is the last one she will ever paint."

The above is what I have noted down from my readings.
But I find it hard to believe that Mme Vigee le Brun suddenly gave up
portriat painting at that very point in time.... worth more investigation.

At that point in history , the elegant, carefree world the two ladies had
know.... came to an abrupt end.

At the time of having her portrait painted Mme Du Barry was age 46... yet still
ravishingly beautiful !
For my part I find it fascinating when women remain beautiful and attractive well into
middle age.... perhaps that's the secret of so many royal women and royal mistresses down the centuries..
eg Diane de Poitier.... Mme Pompadour... and I would suggest a modern
Royal who fits the bill.......... Sarah Ferguson !

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Sarah in July 2009 ..... age 49
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