Memoirs of the Private Life of Marie Antoinette; To Which Are Added Personal Recollections Illustrative of the Reigns of Louis XIV, XV, XVI Volume 2

Memoirs of the Private Life of Marie Antoinette; To Which Are Added Personal Recollections Illustrative of the Reigns of Louis XIV, XV, XVI Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...sibility, which the factious would soon render more injurious than beneficial to me." Yes, not only did Marie Antoinette love France, but few women possessed, in greater vigour than herself, that feeling of pride which the courage of Frenchmen must inspire. I could adduce a multitude of proofs of this; Iwill relate two traits, which demonstrate the noblest national enthusiasm. The Queen was narrating to me, that at the period of the coronation of the Emperor Francis II, that prince, in bespeaking the admiration of a French general officer, who was then an emigrant, in favour of the fine appearance of his troops, said to him, "There are the men to beat your sans-culottes! " " That remains to be seen, Sire," instantly replied the oflicer. The Queen added,"I don't know the name of the brave Frenchman, but I will learn it; the King ought to be in possession of it." As she was reading the public papers, a few days before the 1 oth of August, she observed that mention was made of the courage of a young man who died in defending the flag he carried, and shouting, " Vive la nation!" "Ah! the fine fellow!" said the Queen; "what a happiness it would have been for us if such men had never left off crying, 'Vive le Roi!'" In all that I have hitherto said of this most unfortunate of women and of queens, those who did not live with her, those who knew her but partially, and especially the majority of foreigners, prejudiced by infamous libels, may imagine I have thought it my duty to sacrifice truth on the altar of gratitude. For THE QUEEN'S LOVE OF FRANCE tunately, there are still in existence unexceptionable witnesses, whom I can invoke; they will declare...show more

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  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 268g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236800435
  • 9781236800435