I have always been charmed by 18th century France as to costume and history. Madame du Barry is King Louis XV's last (and personally most favourite) mistress.
Born Marie-Jeanne Becu to a poor mother, her life is like a sort of fairytale. On reading the book, I have seen how her beauty helped her struggle during her difficult times in life, achieving what may be concidered as the best place any woman in Jeanne's state could ever accomplish. Such a promiscuous and delicate woman in the court of Versailles is surely a means to set tongues wagging in those jealous of her...even Queen Marie Antoinette herself!
As Haslip entitled the book itself, Jeanne's beauty and extravagance caused her tragic downfall during the frightful French Revolution, sending her up the stairs of the bloodthirsty guillotine.
Haslip's version of Du Barry's life has made it very easy and understandable for me in helping me out with personal achievments regarding the story of Madame du Barry. One minor mistake is that according to this book, Jeanne's birthday is 19th April, whereas in reality it is 19th August- and also, when comparing it with many other biographies, you find that she is not mentioned as being a courtesan working in Du Quesnoy's gambling house, where she actually met the Comte du Barry.