She was lady in waiting to Marie Antoinette and a favourite of Napoleon, she even knew Wellington. Her husband served in every government and she was close to the centres of power her entire life. This detailed biography offers a fascinating picture of the entire era and provides a view seen through the eyes of someone who lived it. If you are interested in the rise and fall of the French aristocracy before, during and after the French Revolution you will want to read this.
"[A] remarkable biography....Moorehead deftly wields periods detail...to tell the story of a captivating woman who kept her sense of self amid the vicissitudes of politics." --Vogue From acclaimed biographer Caroline Moorhead comes Dancing to the Precipice, a sweeping chronicle of the remarkable life of Lucie de la Tour du Pin--"an astute, thoroughly engaging biography of a formidable woman" (Boston Globe) who, over the span of some 80 years, was witness to, and often a participant in the major social upheavals of eighteenth-century French history.