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The King’s Midwife: A History and Mystery of Madame de Coudray by Nina R. Gelbard, Professor of History
Professor Gelbart’s book examines the career of the remarkable woman sent by King Louis XV to teach childbirth throughout the realm. It offers a vivid portrait of how one woman maneuvered her way through the world of extreme priveledge, poverty and opulence that was France in the 18th century. The King’s Midwife has won the Sierra Prize, given each year by the Western Association of Women Historians for best scholarly book of the year.
Paperback, University of California Press 1998