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Mémoires de la marquise de La Tour du Pin

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Née en 1770, appartenant à la noblesse la plus ancienne, Henriette-Lucy Dillon épouse en 1787 le comte de Gouvernet qui deviendra marquis de La Tour du Pin en 1825. Grâce au dévouement de la future Madame Tallien, la comtesse de Gouvernet échappe à la Terreur, s'embarque à Bordeaux pour l'Amérique avec sa famille. Son Journal apporte quantité d'informations, de scènes et d ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 611 pages
Published February 28th 2002 by Mercure de France (first published January 1st 1985)
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Carol Dobson
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Henrietta-Lucy Dillon was born in Paris in 1770. In 1787 she married the Comte de Gouvernet who later became the Marquis de la Tour du Pin and she the Marquise. She died in 1853 and so she experienced the Revolution, the Terror, the Empire, the Restoration, the 1830 and 1848 Revolution, the reign of Louis-Philippe and the advent of Louis-Napoleon.
Her memoirs encompass the time-span of her childhood until 1815, and were intended for her son, Aymar, the only one of her six children to survive. She
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Trulyroman
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Memoirs of Madame de La Tour du Pin is one of my most favourite books of all time. It is as though you were sitting there with the authoress in a chair opposite you, and she is relating her life to you personally. Her Memoirs are engaging, thrilling, informative and never dull. This is one of only two books that I would take on my desert island - were I ever exiled there. Everyone should read it.
Gerry Garibaldi
This is a dazzling memoir that brings you into the sumptuous world of Louis XVI's France, written by a woman of the aristocracy whose life plunges into poverty and despair during the Revolution. What makes it so wonderful is how this woman's true, determined character nobly rides out the treacherous currents of the time and comes out a truly shining example of a courage. A great read.
Barbara
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At about the age of 50, Mme. de La Tour du Pin (who was born in Paris in 1770) began to record her memoirs for her two surviving children (soon for her only surviving child). The recollections record her life up to Napoleon's return from Elba. I actually read them online in a sloppily translated early C20 edition supplemented, when I discovered it, by the original French edition and lots of enjoyable googling of the historical background, the many places we visit and the many characters we meet. ...more
Madeleine McDonald
Feb 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Marquise de la Tour du Pin Gouvernet is one of my favourite characters from history. Her first name was Lucy, but I always think of this redoubtable woman by her grand French surname.

Of Irish descent, she married into the French aristocracy and took her place at the extravagant, doomed court of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette. Fleeing the guillotine, she and her husband started over again as farmers in North America. There, she learned how to chop wood and draw water from the well, as well a
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Rosa Pomar
Jul 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Perfect summer reading.
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One of my favorite books...EVER!
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Henriette-Lucy, Marquise de La Tour du Pin-Gouvernet, (also known as Lucie), was a French aristocrat famous for her memoirs entitled Journal d'une femme de 50 ans. The memoirs are a first-hand account of her life through the Ancien Regime, the French Revolution, and the Imperial court of Napoleon, ending in March 1815 with Napoleon’s return from exile on Elba. Madame de la Tour du Pin, as she is f ...more