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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. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ...that this de-! struction of the aristocracy was a political blunder; but it cannot be denied that the aristocracy had brought upon themselves the humiliating position to which they were reduced. We say humiliating from the point of view of posterity, for the old Frondeurs did not see anything wrong in falling to the level of a set of parasites, whose whole time was spent in dancing attendance at the king's levees. But for the country itself the results were deplorable. It is precisely because the French nobility sank to the condition of piliers d'antichambre that, / two centuries later, the balance of power was lost, and that the throne itself was swept away by the Revolution. Speaking of the courtiers who crowded round Louis XIV., M. Taine says, " You are a decoration; you form part and parcel of the rooms; you are taken into reckoning as if you were one of the hangings, pilasters, consoles, and sculptures supplied by Lepaute. The king wants to see your lace, your embroidery, your hat, your feathers, your bands, your wig. You are the covering of an armchair; if you go away, it is a piece of furniture the less." Instead of being reduced thus low, and transformed into merely an article of stage property, if the aris-Essais de Critique et d'Eiitoire, pp. 257-259. tocracy of France bad occupied a position similar to that which the same class of society holds in this cuuutry, we might, it is true, never have seen the brilliant su-cle of Louis XIV.; but we should have been spared the horrors of 1793 and the demoralizing consequences of military sway. If we want to ascertain what the aristocracy was in the time of Mazarin, we cannot do better than turn to the plays of Moliere. He had been able to see the representatives of the French nobility, and if more

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