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Memoirs of Louis XIV and the Regency

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        StatementKessinger Publishing
        PublishersKessinger Publishing
        LC ClassificationsMay 28, 2005
        The Physical Object
        Paginationxvi, 75 p. :
        Number of Pages56
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        ISBN 10141918041X

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But the 'Memoirs' of Memoirs of Louis XIV and the Regency came; and they offer merits. They stand, by universal consent, at the head of French historical papers, and are the one great source from which all historians derive their insight into the closing years of the reign of the "Grand Monarch," Louis XIV: whom the author shows to be anything but grand—and of the Regency.

Language he treated like an abject slave. He tells us that Memoirs of Louis XIV and the Regency was not a studious boy, but was fond of reading history; and that if he had been given rein to read all he desired of it, he might have made "some figure in the world.

No library of Court documents could pretend to be representative which ignored the famous "Memoirs" of the Duc de Saint-Simon. When he had gone to its farthest limit, when it failed to express his ideas or feelings, he forced it—the result was a new term, or a change in the ordinary meaning of words sprang forth from has pen.

" Louis de Rouvroy, who later became the Duc de Saint-Simon, was born in Paris, January 16, 1675. He became devoted to his wife, saying: "she exceeded all that was promised of her, and all that I myself had hoped. This marriage, which was purely political in its inception, finally turned into a genuine love match—a pleasant exception to the majority of such affairs. With this was joined a vigour and breadth of style, very pronounced, which makes up the originality of the works of Saint-Simon and contributes toward placing their author in the foremost rank of French writers.gained favour with his royal master by his skill in holding the stirrup, and was finally made a duke and peer of France.

At twenty he was made a captain in the cavalry; and the same year he married the beautiful daughter of the Marechal de Larges.

" At nineteen, like D'Artagnan, he entered the King's Musketeers. He claimed descent from Charlemagne, but the story goes that his father, as a young page of Louis XIII.

" Leon Vallee reinforces this by saying: "Saint-Simon can not be compared to any of his contemporaries. " Partly because of this marriage, and also because he felt himself slighted in certain army appointments, he resigned his commissim after five years' service, and retired for a time to private life. " Villemain declared their author to be "the most original of geniuses in French literature, the foremost of prose satirists; inexhaustible in details of manners and customs, a word-painter like Tacitus; the author of a language of his own, lacking in accuracy, system, and art, yet an admirable writer.

The boy Louis had no lesser persons than the King and Queen Marie Therese as godparents, and made his first formal appearance at Court when seventeen. "With the Memoirs of De Retz, it seemed that perfection had been attained, in interest, in movement, in moral analysis, in pictorial vivacity, and that there was no reason for expecting they could be surpassed. The opinion of the French critic, Sainte-Beuve, is fairly typical.