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 download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ...at Rambouillet, though the manners were punctilious, it was not because the society was really very strait-laced--possibly, then, some one, two, or even three grandes dames of that day might not have chosen to give their countenance to the cardinal's niece, and to a liaison which was so repugnant to the severe principles of Louis XIII., that on account of it and other irregularities of the cardinal's private life, he for a considerable time refrained from raising him to the post of minister. That he eventually did so was because the weak mind fell under the dominion of the strong one, and henceforth the king merely reigned while the cardinal governed. But Louis had, at least, the consolation of knowing that no man was so well qualified as Richelieu to carry out his despotic views and THE SALON BLEU BEARS A WA Y THE PALM. 179 his notions of the absolute authority with which he believed kings were divinely invested. But to return to the Petit Luxembourg: it was not a success; and in spite of the finely painted ceilings, for which it was celebrated, and the almost regal decorations of the salons, the more simple, but tasteful and elegant salon blew still bore away the palm, and experienced no falling off in the number of its literary and other distinguished guests. Yet the cardinal's stringent measures to secure the separation of classes did not extend to the receptions of his niece, and exclusiveness was no more the rule in the " bureau d'esprit" of the duchesse than in the salon litteraire of the marquise. But the latter may have been the more pleasing hostess; her family group, too, was attractive: la belle Julie, staid and statuesque; her younger sister, lively and coquettish; the youthful Count Pisani, the heir of the House of Rambouillet, and...
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  • Paperback | 70 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236665783
  • 9781236665782