Old Paris, Its Court and Literary Salons Volume 1

Old Paris, Its Court and Literary Salons Volume 1

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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. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ...be welcomed by his niece, who aspired to a literary reputation, and whose lover he was. Her salon at the Petit Luxembourg--where she lived in a style corresponding to the magnificence so ostentatiously displayed by her uncle--had already obtained the name of the "bureau d'esprit." In 1620, when Richelieu--or rather Du 0 This was the last occasion, 1635, on which a herald was sent to announce a declaration of war. THE VICOMTE DE COMBALET. 175 Plessis, for he was then only Bishop of Lucon--was residing in seclusion at Avignon, and sharing to some extent in the disgrace that Marie de Medicis had brought on herself by countenancing the misrule of her favourite Concini, he married this niece, then a girl of fifteen, to the Vicomte Antoine de Combalet. She appears to have disliked him extremely; but feeling, as we know, was not then taken into account in such matters, when otherwise the match was desirable. So great was her aversion to him, that she fell into a melancholy and desponding state that affected both her mind and her health. Recalled to court two years after and raised to the dignity of cardinal, through the interest of Marie de Medicis, Richelieu obtained for M. de Combalet the command of a detachment of troops destined to harass the Huguenots. In this expedition he was killed, as it was expected he would be, or--if he failed to answer the expectations of his friends--intended that he should be. His widow immediately retired to the convent of the Carmelites; by no means with a desire to take the veil, but to remain en retraite for the first year of her widowhood. On the expiration of that year, alarmed lest she should again be,17i THE WIDOWED MADAME DE COMBALET. forced into a marriage opposed to her inclinations, she took...show more

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