Madame de Pompadour

(1721—1764) French noblewoman

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Mistress of Louis XV of France from 1745. She came from the world of wealthy officials and bankers, and was a lively witty woman, on friendly terms with the philosophes of the Enlightenment. The people blamed her for the extravagance of the court and the disasters of the Seven Years War, but her political influence has probably been exaggerated.

Subjects: World History.

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