Louis XIV

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Harper & Brothers, 1901 - France - 410 pages
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Page 134 - Infanta," says Madame de Motteville, who accompanied MADEMOISELLE to witness the marriage, " is short, but well made ; we admired the extreme fairness of her complexion ; her blue eyes appeared to us to be fine, and charmed us by their softness and brilliancy. We celebrated the beauty of her mouth, and of her somewhat full and roseate lips. The outline of her face is long, but being rounded at the chin, pleased us ; her cheeks, rather large but handsome, had their share of our praise ; her hair,...
Page 369 - Gentlemen, this is the King of Spain. His birth called him to a crown ; the late king has recognized this right by his will ; all the nation desires his succession, and has entreated it at my hands. It is the will of Heaven, to which I conform with satisfaction.
Page 405 - My child, you are about to become a great king ; do not imitate me either in my taste for building or in my love of war. Endeavor, on the contrary, to live in peace with the neighboring nations ; render to God all that you owe him, and cause his name to be honored by your subjects. Strive to relieve the burdens of your people, in which I have been...
Page 402 - But it is a fact, in spite of the mildness of their governors, the people are ground to powder by the vices of the form of government. Of twenty millions of people supposed to be in France, I am of opinion there are nineteen millions more wretched, more accursed in every circumstance of human existence than the most conspicuously wretched individual of the whole United States.
Page 338 - ... the newcomers to their several places, in order to prevent their pressing too closely about His Majesty. Princes and governors, marshals and peers, were alike subjected to this tedious and somewhat humiliating ceremony, from which three individuals alone were exempted ; and these three were Racine, Boileau, and Mansard...
Page 218 - Duc d'Orleans, you one day become King of France, I know you well enough to believe that you would never be lax in this matter. Before God, you and I are exactly the same as other creatures that live and breathe; before men we are seemingly extraordinary beings, greater, more refined, more perfect. The day that people, abandoning this respect and veneration which is the support and mainstay...
Page 314 - Montauban," wrote Louvois to his father in the first part of September, 1685 : " the rapidity with which this goes on is such that, before the end of the month, there will not remain ten thousand religionists in the district of Bordeaux, in which there were a hundred and fifty thousand on the 15th of last month.
Page 343 - ... ribbon, to which were attached the cross of the Holy Ghost in diamonds, and the cross of St. Louis tied with red. The king then drew on his under coat, with the assistance of the grand master of the robes ; adjusted his cravat of rich lace, which was folded round his neck by a favourite courtier ; and finally...
Page 407 - ... them to live, if possible, on terms of friendship, to do their duty to the young king, and to conduct themselves in a Christian spirit ; nor was it until the princes and princesses had withdrawn that he at length betrayed a slight degree of feeling as he turned toward Madame de Maintenon, saying, " At this moment I only regret yourself. I have not made you happy ; but I have ever felt for you all the regard and affection which you deserved. My only consolation in leaving you," he added, as he...
Page 320 - ... preachers from attempting to return to France. The penalty of death was awarded to any minister who should be found in the kingdom : all persons receiving or assisting them were to be sent, the men to the galleys for life, the women to be shaved and imprisoned, with confiscation of property in either case. A reward of five thousand five hundred livres was promised to any one giving information by which a minister could be arrested ; and the penalty of death for any one discovered preaching or...

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