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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See peefumista Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. This book offers a new look at the world of Marie Antoinette through the story of her personal and exclusive perfumer, Jean-Louis Fargeon.
A Scented Palace: The Secret History of Marie Antoinette’s Perfumer
Jean-Louis served Marie for fourteen years until when the Revolution swept across France, its wrath aimed at the extravagances of the Royal Court and those who served it. Fargeon, a lifelong supporter of the Republican cause but a This book offers a new look at the world of Marie Antoinette through the story of her personal and exclusive perfumer, Jean-Louis Fargeon.
Fargeon, a lifelong supporter of the Republican cause but a purveyor to the court, was in a dangerous position. Yet he remained fiercely loyal to Marie Antoinette, beyond her desperate flight to Varennes, her execution and even through his own imprisonment and trial.
A Scented Palace is a wonderful window into the world of France during its most brutal and violent days. Hardcoverpages. Published October 17th by I. Tauris first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about A Scented Palaceplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Nov 14, Gianna rated it it was amazing Shelves: Perfumery was already well established in France, and even philosophers at the time acknowledged the importance of our olfactory senses.
Marie Antoinette, for example, was particularly fond of rose, violet, or tuberose scents. There is a detailed description of the Parfum du Trianon, named after her favorite garden, a perfume which Fargeon designed specifically for her.
Here is one of my favorite quotes: He added just a pinch, for the Queen loved the flower in its natural state but was wary of the rapidly obsessional power of a scent that was halfway between honey and venom. Feb 20, Rebecca rated it it was amazing Shelves: Such an interesting book, especially the appendices at the back, listing Fargeon’s own notes about different scent-giving ingredients and the methods of capturing their scents. I was slightly disappointed by the limited footnoting, which didn’t give much information about the quotes that were footnoted!
It also wasn’t very clear where so much of the information about Fargeon’s thoughts came from- they were written of as plain facts with no references.
That he wrote letters to his brother was m Such an interesting book, especially the appendices at the back, listing Fargeon’s own notes about different scent-giving ingredients and the methods of capturing their scents. That he wrote letters to his brother was mentioned, but not once did the author say where she was finding her information It made it difficult to know how much was fact and what she was imagining that he might have thought and felt.
However, despite that slight moan it is a really interesting read – quick and very engaging! Sep 20, Simon rated it it was ok.
Less a book than an extended magazine article. Which I think we all kind of suspected. And all kidding aside, the book might have benefited from a judicious sprinkling of scratch ‘n’ sniffs. Just putting it out there. A pleasant enough light very light read if you are interested in Herself, but I can’t imagine why anyone else would pick it up.
Mar 24, Kara rated it really liked it Shelves: It was an interesting book, but not quite of the traditional biographical vein.
I had been expecting to learn about the perfumer rather than read about his passion, but I cannot say that I did not enjoy myself. It was nice to have a closer look at Marie Antoinette. But other than the usual fare about her majesty her dresses, the lesbian rumors, her ‘affair’ with Count Axel de Fersen, the Affair of the Necklessthere isn’t anything new to read about.
Fargeon liked his Queen, but he was still a staunch Republican. I read, once again, that Rose Bertin, though a talented clothing designer, is a perfumisra businesswoman and a bit stuck up even for being the Queen’s psrfumista. And also had the gall to price her items at such exorbitant costs.
A Scented Palace: The Secret History of Marie Antoinette’s Perfumer by Elisabeth de Feydeau
It’s still such a shame that there isn’t a recently published biography of her; the closest was printed in by John Long Limited and written by Emil Langlade according to Goodreads.
I’d marua like to read it though. There’s a French version by Michelle Sapori published in ; I hope it’s due to come out in English sometime soon. The ending was a bit anticlimactic I hope antonieya doesn’t give too much away.
I liked the appendices and notes pages. It was very interesting to learn about how to antpnieta perfume. I imagine it’s a tiny bit different now. Though it was well-written, I prefumista of wish that some of the french statements and titles had been translated, at least once.
It was distracting because I didn’t know what it meant. I would’ve used an online translator, but I don’t trust those things. What was obvious from the first page was the author’s passion for perfumery.
I had no idea that there was a college whose curriculum angonieta around learning mwria to make perfumes and the history behind the art. Figures it would be antnieta France. She was given a Prix Guerlain for this book, an award le only given to beauty products and the like that actually make good on their promises of better skin, etc. Overall, an interesting account of perfumery in the time of Louis XVI, but not really a biography.
Aug 29, Louise Culmer rated it liked it Shelves: One of the most interesting aspects of the book is the details of how he worked, and particularly his wife’s involvement in the business.
A sometimes overlooked aspect of life in pre industri interesting biography of the man who supplied perfume and cosmetics to the French nobility, including Marie Antoinette. A sometimes overlooked aspect of life in pre industrial times is that wives were more often than not involved in their husbands mariia, whatever it might be.
The book gives a view of Marie Antoinette from the pointof view of a tradesman who knew her, and who liked her, despite his Republican sympathies. Apr 11, B rated it liked it. This was a bit disappointing. Still interesting but I was expecting more biographical information. If you read Fraser’s biography of Marie Antoinette this book will be a nice accompaniment.
I was expecting more information about the scents and body care products she used. The appendix included the perfumer’s own notes on different oils, masks etc. For many years I have been looking to purchase a Parisian perfume made from an old recipe. Numerous Google searches never yielded anything interesting. The For many years I have been looking to purchase a Parisian perfumisa made from an old recipe. The book is a well written account of the perfumier Jean-Louis Fargeon, born into a family of perfume makers in Montpellier.
He worked his way up and into the Court of Versailles, eventually becoming the special perfumer to Marie Ek. It was a pleasure to imagine the wonderful scents that Fargeon created for the Queen, and also to learn of her elaborate bathing and dressing habits.
I found his potions fascinating, and I have always felt that Marie Antoinette, while she was an unfortunate spend thrift, was misjudged. Her only fault pefrumista having been part of an antiquated system that was at its end.
The bottle was discovered in our current century.
A Scented Palace
It may be a perfumistaa, but the scent is light and lush, and it does honor the work of both Fargeon and Lubin very well. I like to think the hero Fargeon would have enjoyed it, and would have loved that someone could read this book about his stellar life and also wear the closest rendition of one of his perfumes to come down to us today. I wore it the entire time that I read the book.
Both are a delicious pleasure. Aug 15, Abby Warren rated it liked it.
This is a period of history that I find fascinating. The same can be said for how the author describes the missing of materials to create fragrance. Add the backdrop of the start of the French Revolution and any history buff would be intrigued by this book. Jul 31, Priscilla Leonard rated it really liked it. It was really good.
There are points where it was hard for me to read because I simply couldn’t visualize the process of making a perfume.
I really enjoyed the book though. Jul 21, Gina rated it liked it. Feb 23, Katharine rated it really liked it Shelves: In the end, though, I feel as though I didn’t learn fe about the perfumer himself – his creations were definitely the main focus of the work.
Feb 04, Alexa. I read this book based on a review in Judith Thurman’s “Cleopatra’s Nose.