Dangeau’s Diary, June 1688

Philippe de Courcillon, Marquis de Dangeau

6th. — The Prince d’Elbeuf and the Prince Philip of Savoy had a quarrel while at play. Monseigneur reconciled them, but some days after the Prince d’Elbeuf was found to be wounded in the thigh. He said that, having drawn his sword, and wishing to sheathe it, he missed the scabbard, and had thus wounded himself. The King has, however, ordered the affair to be enquired into.

12th. — The King has ordered the parliament to take cognisance of the affair of the Prince d’Elbeuf, but as no proofs are forthcoming, although monitories have been issued, the matter will end here.

25th. — We are informed that the Queen of England has been brought to bed of a son. His father will shortly bestow on him the title of Prince of Wales. He will have no nurse, but will be fed with milk, bread and broth. Many children of quality are brought up in London in this manner.

29th. — The Prince de Conti married Mademoiselle de Bourbon this day. There was no royal festival, nor did the new married couple sleep in the grand apartments, as the late Prince de Conti and Duc de Bourbon had done. The King said these were honours he would allow to none but his own children. The wedded pair lay in the apartments of Monsieur le Prince. No one was invited to the wedding. The Princes de Lorraine did not come and the other Princes followed their example, a circumstance with which Monsieur le Prince is said to be dissatisfied.

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