Madame, Mother of the Regent, 1652-1722

Madame, Mother of the Regent, 1652-1722

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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. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...believing all Liselotte's tales. The following was the wedding day: "I was made to go through a great crowd to enter the chapel where the marriage ceremony was to be performed, and where the King had ordered that I should be seated in a tribune so as to witness it." Duchess Sophie was eager to discover among the spectators the actors of a play which interested the public far more than the marriage of Mademoiselle. Three women, beside the Queen, were then fighting for the King's heart: Mme. de Montespan, Mlle, de Fontanges, and Mme. de Maintenon, and every one tried to read on their faces how went the game. Mme. de Montespan's chances seemed to be waning, for she had covered her pretty head, not with the cinders of repentance, but with the ' modest coiffe of devout dames.'2 Duchess Sophie spied her in the front row of a tribune "carelessly garbed, with an embroidered cap, in deep despair at seeing the triumph of a younger woman." That "younger woman" was, on the contrary, quite radiant: "On the same row, but rather far from her, I saw Mlle, de Fontanges, most becomingly dressed, with her prayer-book in her hand, which kept her in countenance, while she glanced 1 Letter of March 5, 1695, to he Raugravine Louise. Translated by Brunet. 1 Note by M. A. de Boislisle at the word coiffe. Memoires de Saint-Simon, gr. id., xii., 43. down at the King, whom she doubtless loved more than the King of Kings, which is not to be wondered at, for he is most lovable." Louis XIV. was not less preoccupied. At every moment he looked up at Mlle, de Fontanges with more devotion than at the altar. When he looked down, he was dull, and then "he opened his mouth and shut his eyes." Meanwhile, good Marie-Therese was...show more

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  • Paperback | 86 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236647874
  • 9781236647870