Madame de Pompadour and the Theaters of Power, by Thomas E. Kaiser

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In the article, “Madame de Pompadour and the Theaters of Power,” author Thomas E. Kaiser examines how Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson rose to become Madame de Pompadour, a very influential mistress to the King of France. Her rise was seen in both positive and negative lights, with her acquisition of power being questioned from those within the royal family and the public1. The life of a mistress was never an easy one, but Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson rose to the daunting task and succeeded where most had failed. Thomas E. Kaiser goes on to explain how Madame de Pompadour was viewed in court and society, how she influenced the King, King Louis XV, and how she was able to succeed in her own right, advancing further than most thought possible for a…show more content…
The defamation from the parti devot spread through the court and eventually spilled over to the general public, but despite their best efforts Madame de Pompadour was there to stay and that was breeding discontent within the royal family 10. Those who sought to have Pompadour removed developed a plan for who to dissuade King Louis from his growing affection and slander the royal favorite. Being a mistress of low birth was one point that continued to be pushed towards the King, in the hopes of shaming him to the point of dismissing Pompadour 11. This beginning disdain for Pompadour and her ever growing influence with the King began to spill over into public opinion. Madame de Pompadour was given a wide area of influence and power which she used to take on many artistic endeavors. Her many artistic enterprises and their considerable costs were viewed to be responsible for the monarchy levying taxes in an already stressed time 12. When the monarchy began to acknowledge the public protest against Madame de Pompadour and her spending, the monarchy responded by lying publicly about the expenses and even went so far as to exile an official who divulged the true cost of some of her undertakings 13. This resentment continued to grow with the theater which Madame de Pompadour founded in Versailles 14. This theater played an important part in how Pompadour would continue to influence King

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