The Salon of Madame Necker: Volume 2

The Salon of Madame Necker: Volume 2

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Suzanne Curchod (1737-94) was living at Lausanne when she agreed to marry the young Edward Gibbon, but the engagement was broken off. Employed as companion to the then fiancee of Jacques Necker (1732-1804), later the finance minister of Louis XVI, she married him in 1764. Their only daughter, Anne Louise Germaine, is better known as Madame de Stael. Madame Necker was eager for her husband, a wealthy banker, to pursue a political career, but Jacques Necker's efforts towards financial reform made him unpopular at court, and his dismissal in July 1789 was one of the triggers for the French Revolution. His subsequent failure to control events led to his retirement to Switzerland in 1790. Volume 2 of this biography, written by a descendant, the comte d'Haussonville, and published in English in 1882, covers the events leading to the Revolution, and the exile and death of Madame Necker.show more

Product details

  • Electronic book text
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 113908447X
  • 9781139084475

Table of contents

1. Madame Necker's journal; 2. The girlhood and early years of Germaine Necker; 3. The marriage; 4. M. Necker's first term of office life; 5. The General Control Office; 6. The salon in the Rue Bergere; 7. M. Necker a second time in office; 8. The history of Coppet; 9. Coppet during the Revolution; 10. Madame Necker's last years; Index.show more