Fenelon; His Life & Works, by the Late Paul Janet

Fenelon; His Life & Works, by the Late Paul Janet

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ...alluded to above still remains. The conclusion generally drawn from these facts is that the original in our possession is a rough draft, subsequently modified by Fe"nelon, who deleted all references to Mme. de Main-tenon and the Duke of Beauvillier. We find it hard to believe that the Letter, even thus modified, was ever actually delivered to the King, and the reasons mentioned by Mme. de Maintenon are adequate to explain the motives for which it was withheld.1 1 Cf. CEuvres de Fenelon, Correspondence, ii, p. 329. 1 Cf. Note Ix, p. 285. Whatever the truth of the matter, the following are the chief points in this Letter, which might be termed a pamphlet, if it were not addressed directly to the person of the King, and with a great display of " zeal, loyalty, and personal feeling." What Fe"nelon lays special stress upon, and what constitutes his fundamental thought, as we have already seen, is that the rule of Louis XIV had degenerated into despotism and absolutism: " All your Ministers," he says, " have entirely destroyed the ancient maxims of the State, in order that your authority might be carried to its utmost limits. Mention is no longer made of the State, or of rules: they talk only of the King and his good pleasure; they have extolled you to the skies." But this absolutism is only an empty show: the real power is entirely in the hands of the Ministers of State: "You have thought to govern, by assigning limits to those who governed. The latter have shown themselves merciless, haughty, unjust, violent, and dishonest." Fe"nelon's severest indictment of the King is on the score of his abuse of war; he traces the origin of all the misfortunes which have fallen on the Kingdom, to the war against Holland: " They led your Majesty to undertake the...show more

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  • Paperback | 76 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236671074
  • 9781236671073