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Dancing to the Precipice
Exact title of book
Dancing to the Precipice
Book author
Caroline Moorehead
ISBN
9780061887529
Publisher
HarperCollins Publishers
Published
Jun 30, 2009
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
512
File size (in PDF)
4608 kB

Some brief overview of book

Her canvases were the court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette; the Great Terror; America at the time of Washington and Jefferson; Paris under the Directoire and then under Napoleon; Regency London; the battle of Waterloo; and, for the last years of her life, the Italian ducal courts. Like Saint-Simon at Versailles, Samuel Pepys during the Great Fire of London, or the Goncourt brothers in nineteenth-century France, Lucie Dillona daughter of French and British nobility known in France by her married name, Lucie de la Tour du Pinwas the chronicler of her age. La Rochefoucauld called her a cultural jewel.

The Sultan of the Ottoman Empire favored her for his dinner companion in Paris. Napoleon requested she attend Josephine. Her friends included Talleyrand, Madame de Stal, Chateaubriand, Lafayette, and the Duke of Wellington, with whom she played as a child.

She witnessed firsthand the demise of the French monarchy, the wave of Revolution and the Reign of Terror, and the precipitous rise and fall of Napoleon. She spent two years as an émigré in the newly independent United States (on a farm in Albany) but was also a familiar of Regency London. A shrewd, determined woman in a turbulent age of men, Lucie de la Tour du Pin watched, listened, reflectedand wrote it all down, mixing politics and court intrigue, social observation and the realities of everyday existence, to offer a fascinating chronicle of her era.

In this compelling biography, Caroline Moorehead illuminates the extraordinary life and remarkable achievements of this strong, witty, elegant, opinionated, and dynamic woman who survived personal tragedy, including the loss of six children, and periods of extreme danger, exile, poverty, and illness. Meticulously researched, brilliantly written, and vastly entertaining, Mooreheads chronicle of Lucies life is an incomparable social history of her times.

About book author

Moorehead is the New York Times bestselling author of A Train in Winter and Human Cargo A Journey Among Refugees, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. An acclaimed biographer of Martha Gellhorn, Bertrand Russell, and Lucie de la Tour du Pin, among others, Moorehead has also written for the Telegraph, the Times, and the Independent. She lives in London and Italy. arried name, Lucie de la Tour du Pinwas the chronicler of her age.

La Rochefoucauld called her a cultural jewel. The Sultan of the Ottoman Empire favored her for his dinner companion in Paris. Napoleon requested she attend Josephine.

Her friends included Talleyrand, Madame de Stal, Chateaubriand, Lafayette, and the Duke of Wellington, with whom she played as a child. She witnessed firsthand the demise of the French monarchy, the wave of Revolution and the Reign of Terror, and the precipitous rise and fall of Napoleon. She spent two years as an émigré in the newly independent United States (on a farm in Albany) but was also a familiar of Regency London.

A shrewd, determined woman in a turbulent age of men, Lucie de la Tour du Pin watched, listened, reflectedand wrote it all down, mixing politics and court intrigue, social observation and the realities of everyday existence, to offer a fascinating chronicle of her era. In this compelling biography, Caroline Moorehead illuminates the extraordinary life and remarkable achievements of this strong, witty, elegant, opinionated, and dynamic woman who survived personal tragedy, including the loss of six children, and periods of extreme danger, exile, poverty, and illness. Meticulously researched, brilliantly written, and vastly entertaining, Mooreheads chronicle of Lucies life is an incomparable social history of her times.

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