From Library Journal: "Du Barry was the last in a long series of royal favorites doted on by the sexually voracious Louis XV. Her humble origins--she was the illegitimate child of a seamstress from Lorraine--made her unusual. Contemporaries often dismissed her as a mere whore, and most historians have treated her little better, calling her naive, frivolous, and vain. Haslip, author of previous biographies of Catherine the Great and Marie Antoinette, concludes that, except for her rare beauty, du Barry was a quite ordinary person who happened to be thrust into extraordinary circumstances. Despite occasional minor slips, the author's grasp of the Old Regime is generally reliable. Her book provides no surprises for specialists, but offers the general reader a clear, sure guide to life at the royal court of 18th-century France."