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The King's Midwife: A History and Mystery of Madame du Coudray

 
 
 
 
The King's Midwife: A History and Mystery of Madame du Coudray
Author: Nina Rattner Gelbart
ISBN 13: 9780520221574
ISBN 10: 520221575
Edition: Revised ed.
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: 1999-11-10
Format: Paperback
Pages: 358
List Price: $33.95
 
 

"Nina Gelbart has achieved something very rare: a penetrating original work of social history that reads like a novel. With marvelous mastery of France's archival records, Gelbart brings to life the eighteenth century's most famous midwife, Madame de Coudray. The vivid details of early modern childbirth are presented in a moving and unforgettable style. And better yet, Gelbart carefully and imaginatively weaves together the story of Coudray within the often colorful aristocratic society that governed France on the eve of its greatest revolution. History just doesn't get much better than this."—Gary Kates, author of Monsieur D'Eon Is a Woman

New York Times Book Review - Emily Eakin

Wry and intelligent. . .Gelbart acquits herself brilliantly with this material, plumbing du Coudray's deviations from bureaucratic boilerplate for the emotional vicissitudes they surely betray, and showing admirable interpretive restraint where the public mask refuses to yield.