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Our Lady of the Potatoes

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An examination of 18th-century France through the eyes of Marie-Louise Murphy, an Irish adventuress who gets caught up in the dramas of revolution and the Age of Enlightenment. She becomes the mistress of Louis XV and narrowly escapes death at the hands of the revolutionaries in 1789.
Hardcover, 235 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Faber & Faber
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Annie
Nov 15, 2012 Annie rated it really liked it
This was a wonderful surprise! Written in a very different way from your usual historical fiction. I guess it had a more fiction viewpoint, you were inside Louise O'Murphy's head but the view was also the author's and other characters...such an artistically written view!!! Recommended!
Delphine
Dec 15, 2010 Delphine rated it really liked it
Beautifully written, the story of Marie-Louise Murphy, mistress of Louis XV, kept at the Parc aux Cerfs, well away from the Court. A real talent for creating characters and for recreating the atmosphere of 18th century France. Beautiful and witty style, worthy of 18th century humour.

Attention, petit bijou en vue. Les aventures de Marie-Louise O'Murphy, maîtresse de Louis XV (surnommée la Petite - ou la Belle - Morphise et immortalisée par Boucher dans le tableau qui sert de couverture à ce roman
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Mark
Jan 09, 2016 Mark rated it it was amazing
Historical fiction: loved this book due to history as well as the way it was written.

Very Irish & French. Beautifully written, complete with the tragic & comic wrapped up nicely together. Paris & the French revolution happens in the back ground.
Marlene
Aug 24, 2012 Marlene rated it it was amazing
A wonderful from-rags-to-riches tale of Marie-Louise Murphy, a mistress to King Louis XV of France. It follows her story from her grandparents arrival in France to her own death. There is so much historical information in this book and the times were quite fascinating. It covers the life and death of her children, born of several different fathers. It follows her through the Revolution. Times were hard. The author's style was very enjoyable reading for me. I think he did a terrific job of writin ...more
Sara
Feb 20, 2011 Sara rated it really liked it
Irish immigrant poses for a portrait and ends up becoming Louis XV's (one of...) mistress. Good fun to read.
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Duncan Sprott is the author of The Clopton Hercules and Our Lady of the Potatoes, both historical reconstructions, published in the United Kingdom. He lives in Ireland.
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