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Louis XV

Louis XV: 1724-1757 by Jules Michelet. Biography of the French king.

Louis the Beloved: The Life of Louis XV by Olivier Bernier. Biography.

If the King Only Knew: Seditious Speech in the Reign of Louis XV by Lisa Jane Graham examines the attitudes of 18th century French citizens toward the monarchy.

Madame Pompadour

Madame de Pompadour by Evelyne Lever, translated by Catherine Temerson. Despite her bourgeois origins, Madame de Pompadour became the most influential mistress of Louis XV. This biography traces the friendship between the king and his favorite, and the far-reaching implications -- both personal and political -- of their relationship.

Madame de Pompadour: Mistress of France by Christine Pevitt Algrant. Biography of the self-made woman who rose from anonymity to become King Louis XV's mistress and ultimately an indispensable, albeit officially unacknowledged, head of state.

Madame de Pompadour by Nancy Mitford. A classic biography.

Madame du Barry

Madame du Barry: The Wages of Beauty by Joan Haslip. Biography. Born the illegitimate daughter of a monk and a seamstress, Madame du Barry rose from poverty to become King Louis XV's official mistress.

Memoirs of the Comtesse du Barry by Baron Etienne Lamothe-Langon. Madame du Barry was a mistress of Louis XV. This is a fictional account of her life.

King's Ransom: The Life of Charles Thèveneau De Morande, Blackmailer, Scandalmonger & Master-Spy by Simon Burrows. Biography of a man who successfully blackmailed Louis XV and his mistress Madame Du Barry, then became France's leading political spy in London.


The Exchange of Princesses by Chantal Thomas, translated by John Cullen. In 1721, the regent of France arranges the marriage of 11-year old Louis XV to a Spanish princess. The regent's own daughter will marry the heir to the Spanish throne. But nothing turns out as expected.

The Sisters of Versailles: A Novel by Sally Christie. The first book in a trilogy about King Louis XV, France's most "well-beloved" monarch, and the women who shared his bed and his heart.

The Rivals of Versailles: A Novel by Sally Christie. A novel about the beautiful Marquise de Pompadour, mistress of Louis XV, and her many rivals.

The Enemies of Versailles by Sally Christie. Jeanne Becu, a woman of humble birth, bursts into the life of aging Louis XV and, as the Comtesse du Barry, becomes his official mistress.

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