Memoirs of Mademoiselle de Montpensier: Grand-dughter of Henri Quatre, and Niece of Queen Henrietta-Maria, Volume 1

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Page 169 - I should find her son very ridiculous, since he had, to save himself in disguise, cut his hair off, and had assumed an extraordinary garb.
Page 170 - On the way, ho spoke of nothing but the miserable life he had led in Scotland, where there was not a woman to be seen ; and the barbarism of the men such, that they thought it a sin to...
Page 265 - You see a man in despair ; I have lost all my friends ; Messieurs de Nemours, de La Rochefoucauld, and Clinchamps are mortally wounded.
Page 131 - He threw himself upon a piece of beef and a shoulder of mutton, as though there had been nothing else at table. After dinner the Queen walked away, and left me with him.
Page 93 - ... the daughter of her favourite brother, Gaston, Duke of Orleans, and considered to be the greatest heiress in Europe. This Princess was famed for her beauty and accomplishments, of which she herself appears to have entertained the highest sense. On the Prince's arrival at Fontainbleau, she observes, " the Queen of England presented her son to the King, and then to the Queen-Regent, who embraced him.
Page 96 - ... finery. My dress was studded with diamonds, and variously-coloured tufts. I wore all the crown jewels, and also those of the Queen of England, who, at that time, had some still remaining. Nothing more magnificent could be seen than my dress on this occasion; yet did I find many gentlemen who told me that my beautiful figure, my good looks, the fairness of my complexion, and the brightness of my light hair, were more dazzling than all the riches that shone upon my person. Everything this day helped...
Page 158 - ... which had probably taken place already. Ten years passed, before the labors and wealth of this constant and untiring wife could obtain her husband's release ; and when he was discharged at last, he came out a changed, soured, selfish, ungrateful man. " Just Heaven," she had exclaimed in her youth, " would not bestow such a woman as myself upon a man who was unworthy of her.
Page 95 - One day, when I was going to an assembly at Madame de Choisy's, the Queen of England, who wished to dress my hair and to adorn me herself, repaired in the evening to my residence, and took every care to see that I was well attired, the Prince of Wales holding the flambeau near me, to give light. He wore on this occasion a little flesh-coloured white and red oye, because the ribbons which tied my tiara of jewels were of those colours. I wore, also, a plume of the same, the whole being as the Queen...
Page 169 - Britain. his departure ; although he had little h;1ir, and a great deal of beard, which affect the appearance of most people. I found that he now spoke French tolerably well ; and he related how, after having lost the battle, he had passed with a party of forty or fifty horsemen through the enemy's army, and through the city near which the conflict had taken place. He had then dismissed the cavaliers, remaining with only a single lord. They had been for a long time in a tree, and afterwards in the...
Page 133 - Assuming a milder tone, she then pointed out to me an English lady, of whom her son was enamoured; saying, "He is very apprehensive lest you should discover it: see, how ashamed he looks at her while you are present; he fears that I shall tell you of it.

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