Dangeau’s Diary, November 1684

Philippe de Courcillon, Marquis de Dangeau

4th. — Three new actresses were chosen for the King’s company and the Dauphine gave them an admonition to behave well for the future.

5th. — A play was performed in the evening. It was Mithridates, which the King had chosen, as his favourite play. The Princesse de Conti (Marie Anne de Bourbon, daughter of Louis XIV and Louise de la Valliére), the Duchesses de Choiseuil and de Roquelaure, and the Comte de Brionne, danced between the acts.

7th. — The Comte de Fiesque returned thanks to his Majesty for his kind attention to his interest in his arrangements with the Genoese. His Majesty had taken the trouble to speak in his behalf to the nuncio, and to require the Genoese to do him justice. He also insisted that, as his claims could not be liquidated, nor the affair decided immediately, they should pay him down on account a hundred thousand crowns in ready money.

17th. — We hear that the Prince de Carignan has married the sister of Prince Caesar d’Este, which was not known at Turin. He went to Raconis, one of his estates, and sent a carriage for the in tended bride to a place two leagues thence. As soon as she arrived, he married her, consum mated the marriage immediately, and then took her to Turin. The Duc de Savoie sent this information to the King, assuring him that this marriage has been concluded without his participation. The King had no objection to it, but had thought of matching him with a French princess.

19th. — Madame de Bade had orders to depart within twenty-four hours. She is exiled to Renac for having given her mother advice contrary to that which the court wished her to give and at the same time the Princess de Carignan was for bidden to appear in the King’s presence.

21st. — Monsiuer de Bouillon had a conversation with the King this morning, respecting the duel fought by the Chevalier de Soissons in England. His Majesty advised him to send his nephew out of the kingdom without delay and it was feared that his benefices were in some danger. Monsieur went to Paris to compliment Madame de Carignan, on the late events.

22d. — The Chevalier de Soissons has returned to England to surrender himself at the Tower of London, until justified by legal investigations on the subject of his duel, so that he may be able to return without risk.

30th. — After the petit-coucher, the King called for Monsieur de Turenne, and reprimanded him severely for the disrespectful manner in which he performed his duty. (Louis Charles de La Tour d’Auvergne, son of Godefroy Maurice de La Tour d’Auvergne,  Grand Chamberlain of France. He had forgotten to take off his fringed gloves while handing the chemise to the King. The gloves came into contact with the King’s nose and Monsieur de Turenne was exiled.)

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