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The Enemies of Versailles

(The Mistresses of Versailles Trilogy #3)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  588 ratings  ·  109 reviews
In the final installment of Sally Christie’s “tantalizing” (New York Daily News) Mistresses of Versailles trilogy, Jeanne Becu, a woman of astounding beauty but humble birth, works her way from the grimy back streets of Paris to the palace of Versailles, where the aging King Louis XV has become a jaded and bitter old philanderer. Jeanne bursts into his life and, as the Com ...more
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Published March 21st 2017 by Atria Books
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Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Although I really enjoyed this one it was not my favorite. It was a dual narrative from King Louis XVs daughter Madame Adelaide and the last known mistress Jeanne Becu. Adelaide was supposed to be a pious and virtuous daughter but she comes off vain, bitter, and angry. Her words are almost lusty for her father and just when I felt empathy for her she quashed it with her arrogance. While I liked Madame du Barry (Becu) with her kindness and her story I found her self interest and stupidity annoyin ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Here we are at the end, the last book in The Mistresses of Versailles trilogy that started with the Sisters of Versailles and the five Nesle sister sisters, with four of them becoming mistresses to the King before Marquise de Pompadour took over the story and the King's affection in The Rivals of Versailles. In The Enemies of Versailles is Marquise de Pompadour dead and it's Jeanne Becu later Comtesse du Barry that will be the last mistress of the King. With du Barry comes also the end as the Fr ...more
This was easily my favorite installment of the trilogy. This book features 2 distinct voices: Adelaide the daughter of Louis XVth and Madame Du Barry, the last mistress of Louis XV.
I do not necessarily agree with the authors portrait of DuBarry as kind, placating and people pleasing. I rather like her but she was most definitely scheming and calculating. Versailles was a court that required much scheming and calculation.
I loooove this trilogy Sally Christie has cooked up here. I love it enough to put Christie on my list of favorite historical fiction writers, despite the fact that this trilogy is her only published work so far. She's just so talented.

Taking "The Enemies of Versailles" as a stand-alone, I really enjoyed it, although it was my least favorite of the trilogy (my favorite being Book 2, "The Rivals of Versailles" - it's really, really hard to beat Madame de Pompadour). It tells the story from dual pe
Jenny Q
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4.5 Stars. If you follow my reviews, you know that I adored the first two books in Sally Christie's Mistresses of Versailles trilogy, both making my list of best books in the years they were released, and I was awaiting the final installment with a mix of anticipation and sadness. Madame du Pompadour's novel was a tour-de-force, and she left huge footsteps to follow. I was skeptical that I could fall in love with the woman who took her place alongside an ageing kin
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Historical fiction buffs
What an incredibly satisfying end to this trilogy! Once again, Sally Christie paints a sumptuous narrative through the POV of Louis XV's mistresses, and in this book, also through one of his daughters. The conversations/thoughts of these women, although ignorant of the plight of France's citizens, were at times quite amusing, especially through the unfinished similes. These characters were so relatable that I felt a deep sympathy for their demise. Christie is a master storyteller! Her descriptio ...more
Carole P. Roman
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Don't ask me why I started with this one, but I did and I ordered the other two and will read them next. The story of Jeanne Du Barry captivated me from the very first page. Sally Christie breathes life into her pages, creating a court of very different women, their voices so real, I felt like I was wandering the halls of Versailles right along with them. Madame Adelaide, Louis XV elitist daughter disdains her father's immoral lifestyle creating a rift in their relationship th ...more
The Lit Bitch
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here we are yet again with another book series reaching its conclusion! On the whole this has been a solid, well written, and interesting series and I was sad to see it coming to an end.

I had big expectations for this conclusion and overall I wasn’t disappointed.

There is something so elegant and magnetic about the French court… least for me. While my heart will always be in the British court, the French have an elegance and lure that is different than other books on royalty. Having enjoyed t
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How I wish there were going to be Books #4, #5, #6...etc. I loved this trilogy. Sally Christie has brought to life the intricacies of the women of Versailles. The daughters of Louis XIV, as well as the Pompadour, Mantenon, and Madame Du Barry, all come to life in these epic novels. And I shouldn't forget Marie Antoinette along with her high hair. This is the last book, unfortunately, but as delicious as the first and second. The clothes, the whispers, the looks, the snobbery, the laughter....all ...more
Erin Al-Mehairi
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love the descriptive writing of historical author Sally Christie! I missed out on reading book one in her Mistresses of Versailles series, but once I read book two last year I was hooked. I really believe you can read each one as a stand alone, but it’s a great series to read together as well.

The Enemies of Versailles (book three) continued on a tradition of “being seeped in reading” for me last weekend, the sentences so smooth and delicate, yet filled with emotion and substance, that I breeze
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

The Enemies of Versailles, and the entire series of the Mistresses of Versailles, beginning with The Sisters of Versailles and continuing with The Rivals of Versailles, is a fascinating blend of historical fiction and herstorical fiction, telling the story of the reign of Louis XV of France through the eyes of the women who shared his bed and/or his heart.

So instead of viewing this history through the lives of its movers and shakers, usually male, we see th
Sara Giacalone
Feb 16, 2018 rated it liked it
This last installment of the Versailles Trilogy takes us through the revolution, up to year 1800. Each book was very enjoyable, with different voices used throughout to tell the story and interesting insights into the last years of the Bourbons in France.
Heather C
I have been fascinated with Christie’s Mistresses of Versailles series since the first pages of The Sisters of Versailles. French history in general is an area that I am not as familiar with and therefore the stories are always new and exciting. While I still found many of the things that I enjoyed about the prior novels in the series, Enemies of Versailles didn’t carry quite the same level of feelings that I had for the first two books. Let me explain.

In both The Sisters of Versailles and The R
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sally Christie closes the doors of Versailles with the last book of her magnificently tantalizing trilogy we have all been impatiently waiting for since her last release. Through the splendor of palaces, to love and heartbreak, Christie has created such a fun, colorful—and in the end tragic—picture of life during such an important time in history. She gives life and a voice to several women, all interesting in their own right, throughout her books. In Enemies of Versailles, it is the infamous Co ...more
The book focuses on the last official mistress of Louis XV, Jeanne Becu, better known as Comtesse du Barry. Coming from humble origins she gets a lot of enemies on her way to Versailles and one of them is Madame Adelaide, daughter of the king.

I’ve never liked the women in these books but still somehow loved the books. I don’t know why but here it didn’t work out so well. They were both selfish and wanted the easy life. Adelaide might know Greek but knows nothing about real life. And Jeanne pract
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This review originally appeared on my blog,


The Mistresses of Versailles is a trilogy I’ve been recommending to anyone I know with an interest in historical fiction, especially fiction about French royalty. Most of the French historical fiction I’ve read centers on Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette or Napoleon. This is the first series I can remember reading that dives into Louis XV and the remarkable list of women and mistresses in his life. Looking at history, the build up to the Fre
Colleen Turner
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
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As the synopsis says, The Enemies of Versailles is the third book in Sally Christie's entertaining Mistresses of Versailles trilogy and, having read all three books, I find it a fitting ending to this exciting and dramatic series that highlights the luxuriant and ever shifting world of Louis XV's court. This particular novel, however, was probably my favorite as it branches outside of the glitz and glamour of the Court into the dangero
Aimee Ertley
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this trilogy; read them quickly, one right after the other, and had trouble putting them down. Loved immersing myself in the glitteringly beautiful and extravagant yet politically charged and back-biting world of Versailles under Louis XV. Before these books, I was somewhat familiar with Madame Pompadour and Madame du Barry, but knew nothing of the Mailly-Nesle sisters, who were the king's earlier mistresses.

I loved the way Sally Christie structured these books, interspersi
Lígia Bellini
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That was an excellent ending of the series! Actually, i saw Comtesse du Barry as a nice, but also a extremely futile person. She came from a humble family, but she only "grew" on her status, because she was beautiful and had her "ways" to seduce a man, but her attitudes were silly and even childish. Of course, her only worry was to please the King Louis XV and be loved by everyone. The world outside Versailles was a turmoil, because of the famine, poverty, frustration with the unnecessary expens ...more
This was a great trilogy and I would be hard pressed to pick a favourite out of the three. The writing is vivid and there is an underlying humour throughout. 5 stars.
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Having read the two previous books from the Mistresses of Versailles Trilogy, I was ecstatic when asked if I'd read and review the third and final instalment. I thoroughly enjoyed the previous two books and this one did not disappoint. The Enemies of Versailles begins with Jeanne Becu leaving the convent as a young teen. Because of her beauty she is quickly snapped up to sell ladies finery to the nobility of France. Jeanne becomes enamoured of the Compte du Barry who seduces her into a lifestyle ...more
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Like another reader on here, I am so sad to see this trilogy end. I love the way the author writes and the way she creates scenes that just suck you in so you can imagine you're actually sitting in the room and participating in the conversation! This book, like the others, was full of these intimate scenes and I loved Jeanne du Barry - a simple woman caught up in times and events so beyond her - and her nemesis Princess Adelaide. I really liked the scenes with the young Marie Antoinette as well, ...more
Paulita Kincer
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read the first two books by Sally Christie in the Mistresses of Versailles series and enjoyed them, but my favorite might be this final book The Enemies of Versailles. The books stand alone, but it's intriguing to read them in order to see how King Louis XV evolved from a religious, devoted husband to a man who resisted the efforts of his family to force him back to the church as his guilt ate away at him.

But the books are not told through the viewpoint of the king, instead, for this final bo
Jan 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm not even sure how I ended up with an ARC of this book. My reviews of the previous two novels weren't exactly glowing. After the end of the second novel, I had promised not to even bother with the final book in the trilogy. Well if I had a nickle for every broken promise, I'd own a lot more books.

I was not blown away by the final installment of the Mistresses of Versailles trilogy. I was, however, pleasantly surprised. The manner in which the author handled the French revolution and the dem
Sarah Wagner
The last of Louis XV's mistresses - Madame du Barry - comes to life in this final installment of the Mistresses of Versailles trilogy. Born an illegitimate child into the lowest social order, Jeanne du Barry rose to become the mistress of the French king during his last few years - a position which placed her in opposition to the king's daughters and the young queen-to-be Marie Antoinette. I enjoyed Jeanne's spirit, which I feel the author captured well, and I was saddened by her end. This is a ...more
Grace Troxel
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review originally appeared on my blog, Books Without Any Pictures:

The Enemies of Versailles is the third book in Sally Christie’s Mistresses of Versailles trilogy. But don’t worry–you don’t have to read either of the previous books to be able to understand this one. Each book in the series focuses on a different mistress of Louis XV of France, and their stories are fascinating.

The Enemies of Versailles alternates between the point of view of Adelaide,
The Enemies of Versailles is the third book in The Mistresses of Versailles trilogy. The story is told from Madame du Barry’s perspective and her enemy, Princess Adelaide. Jeanne Becu rose from her humble beginnings only to find herself at the top spot in France. She has become the official mistress to Louis XV. However, Jeanne has made many enemies who disapprove of her humble beginnings. One of these is Princess Adelaide, who is tired of her father parading his mistresses at court. In order to ...more
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Enemies of Versailles is a fitting conclusion to The Mistresses of Versailles trilogy. Here is the twilight of Louis XV and his last mistress, the Comtesse du Barry. Beyond the intrigue of Versailles, the arrival of the dauphine and the not so welcomed presence of the new favorite of the King, the revolution is lurking.

I was not enchanted by the Comtesse du Barry as I was by the Marquise de Pompadour in the previous novel. Therefore, there was too much idleness in the beginning chapters, ke
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where to even begin with this book! This was the perfect ending to a trilogy that was so well written! It's told from the alternating perspectives Louis XV's mistress, Madame du Barry, and his eldest daughter at the time, Madame Adélaïde. Du Barry is fun loving and care free. She loves the king and desires nothing more than to enjoy life and please Louis. She lives in absolute opulence and splendor in a world that is turning hateful towards their once beloved king. Adélaïde is a spiteful old cro ...more
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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In these private moments, the great men of France are revealed for what they really are: men. Avid and greedy and ruled by their passions and desires.

The last of the trilogy and yes you must read them in order. Do not skip, do not jump, start from the very beginning. History has not been kind to King Louis XV and rightfully so, but Christie with a stroke of her pen has brought him some humanity in the desires that consumed him and his monarchy. At the end of his reign and the death of his Queen
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