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It is a shame :(. Though I suppose his despair might also have been due to the fact that knowing that she had gone meant that there was no hope whatsoever for his own life. He wasn't that old when he died was he? In his sixties which, although life expectancy was shorter at the time, wasn't all that old for someone who had lead the sort of luxurious lifestyle that he had.

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My guess is that he would simply have recalled her


No, I believe that they can not ever recall the mistress even if they recover.


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He once officially got rid of la Pompadour... for calling her back later. He would do the same with la Barry, I guess !

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I think so, Moose.

This scene in the movie when Louis XV sends for Mme du Barry and is answered that she is gone already, and then falls into despair is one of the few ones that moved me. Poor man... he was so in love with Mme du Barry, and had to part from her and could not see her again before he dies. How cruel !


i agree, this was so sad. :cry:

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Once before when the king thought he was close to death as a young man he sent away his mistress and repented and then brought her back after he got well again. (ironically, she died of an illness shortly after being reinstated). But would he have done that as an old, weakening man of 64? we'll never know.

I read the story that he asked after her in few biographies - they said that after he told her to leave, she left, tears in her eyes. later he either forgot or thought she was still around and asked for her again, and was very sad to hear she already left.


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Yes, but Louis XV beautifully accepted this sad parting as a penance for the public scandal he had given and he died kissing the crucifix sent to him by Madame Louise. He died in the faith in which he had been raised. I admire Madame du Barry for leaving so gracefully even though it was painful for her. It was a Bourbon tradition that one went before God alone.

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Indeed Therese....Du Barry was worthy until the end, and also at the time of her departure to Louvecienne in 1774… She did what Louis XV asked her to do, without protesting… splendid :D

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i'm curious though, why has she such a bad reputation? is it a case of rumour and hollywood taking over again? :?

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Indeed Therese....Du Barry was worthy until the end, and also at the time of her departure to Louvecienne in 1774… She did what Louis XV asked her to do, without protesting… splendid :D


Yes, she showed real class.

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She had bad reputation because she was old "street girl".
She was not noble, but she had access in Versailles thanks to her statute of mistress of the King, and this irritated many people. And for the catholics and the members of the family of Louis XV, she corrupted him morally, and also politically… :D

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Louis-Charles wrote:
She had bad reputation because she was old "street girl".
She was not noble, but she had access in Versailles thanks to her statute of mistress of the King, and this irritated many people. And for the catholics and the members of the family of Louis XV, she corrupted him morally, and also politically… :D


I don't think they thought she corrupted him politically. Politically, La Barry was on the same side as the royal family, very traditional monarchist, anti-Choiseul. But the Mesdames thought she was a putain and they would have thought that of anyone who shared their father's bed.

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Indeed Therese, it is especially the moral corruption which generated the bad reputation of Du Barry. But by “policy”, I precisely thought of this war between the clan Aiguillon-Du Barry/Choiseul… people of the Choiseul clan saw in Du Barry an enemy policy, and spread rumours about her :D

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Louis-Charles wrote:
Indeed Therese, it is especially the moral corruption which generated the bad reputation of Du Barry. But by “policy”, I precisely thought of this war between the clan Aiguillon-Du Barry/Choiseul… people of the Choiseul clan saw in Du Barry an enemy policy, and spread rumours about her :D


Oh yes, I see what you mean!

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interesting thank you! :D

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I don't get it .. who would be able to stop him if he decided to recall her .. assuming he had recovered? His priest and confessor would have complained but ultimately he was the King .. he could have recalled her and I don't see how anyone could have prevented that.

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