• Dangeau’s Diary, November 1688

    1st. — The Dauphine asked the King, if Monseigneur would soon return. The King replied, that he must first take Manheim, but that that would not be long delayed. Father Gaillard, who was preaching, and whose sermon was interrupted by the good news, in making his compliment to the King introduced into it, very pathetically, and apropos, the praises of…

  • Dangeau’s Diary, October 1688

      3rd.– Monsieur de la Trousse has entered Avignon without any resistance from the garrison, the vice-legate retired. The bishop of Vaison was taken and conducted to Saint Esprit. His papers were seized, and there were found at his residence ten or twelve girls of L’Enfant Jesus, a society of Madame de Mondonville. They had retired there and observed the…

  • Dangeau’s Diary, September 1688

    3d. — This evening Monsieur de Vardes died at Paris. He was a knight of the Order, and had held a captaincy in the hundred Swiss. 12th. — Madame de Bouillon, at present in England, has asked the King’s permission, through Monsieur de Seignelay, to go to Venice. The King answered, that she might go wherever she pleased, except to…

  • Dangeau’s Diary, July 1688

    23d. — Marshal Estrees is bombarding Algiers and the inhabitants of the town have already blown many French slaves from the mouths of their cannon. As many herts have been shot, as the Algerines have killed Christians, and have been sent to them on rafts. It is not expected these pirates can be reduced.

  • Dangeau’s Diary, August 1688

    2nd. — Arlequin died this day at Paris. It is said he leaves behind him property worth three hundred thousand livres. All the sacraments were administered to him, because he promised not to appear again on the stage. 18th. — Racine, by command of Madame de Maintenon, is writing an opera, the subject of which is Esther and Ahasuerus. It…

  • Dangeau’s Diary, June 1688

    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,…

  • Dangeau’s Diary, May 1688

    21st. — The Comte de Solre has lost at Malines an important law-suit, which he had pending against the Prince of Orange and the King, who knows that injustice has been done him, has caused it to be notified to the Baron d’Elval, the Spanish envoy, that it was his wish that the decision might be set aside, otherwise he…

  • Dangeau’s Diary, April 1688

    22d. — The King has presented Racine and Despreaux, who are employed in writing his history, with one thousand pistoles each. 29th. — I am told that the King has given a pension of two thousand livres to d’Estoublon, formerly maitre d’hotel to the Queen-mother.

  • Dangeau’s Diary, March 1688

    2d. — Intelligence from Rome has arrived stating that the Pope was extremely vexed and mortified at the decree of the parliament, and the speech of Monsieur Talon, that at first he was inclined to proceed to excommunications, but that afterwards he determined to listen to the Cardinals, whom he consulted two by two. The life of Mademoiselle de Guise…

  • Dangeau’s Diary, February 1688

    8th. — After supper, Monsieur de Luxembourg introduced at the Princesse de Conti’s, three Italian comedians, some of the best dancers, and Mademoiselle de la Lande, Monseigneur and Madame la Duchesse, were present. The spectacle was very diverting. Monsieur de Luxembourg had caused four guards, belonging to Noailles’ company, as tall as giants, to be disguised in girl’s clothes. Some…

  • Dangeau’s Diary, January 1688

    8th. — The Pope has ordered, that in all the churches throughout Rome, service should be stopped the moment Monsieur de Lavardin, our ambassador, should enter them. Thus treating him as an excommunicated person. The feast of Saint Luce has not been celebrated, as was customary every year, on the 13th of December at Saint Jean de Latran, in remembrance…

  • Dangeau’s Diary, December 1687

    1st. — Marly. The King remarked, that so many persons had desired to accompany him to Marly, that if the chateau had been as large as that of Fontainebleau, they could not all be accommodated. He said to Monsieur de Metz, whom he esteems very much: “Others desire me to bring them with me to Marly, and I desire you…

  • Dangeau’s Diary, November 1687

    6th. — Monsieur Charmel has for some time felt such a religious call, that he has resolved upon quitting the court. He informed the King of it this evening, and will sell his offices in order to be the more independent. He is captain of the battle-axes, and the King’s lieutenant for the Isle of France. His determination is the…

  • Dangeau’s Diary, October 1687

    22d. — Fontainebleau. The King expected that Monsieur le Prince would have been here to speak to him, respecting the conduct of Monsieur le Duc, with whom his Majesty is not satisfied. He wishes him to break off his intimacy with certain young persons. Monsieur le Duc is only anxious to justify his friends, saying, that he alone should be…

  • Dangeau’s Diary, June 1687

    14th. — Versailles. The president Brion came to speak to the King, respecting his son’s marriage, which he considers as void. The King replied that he would not interrupt the course of justice, but that it was cruel to nullify a marriage, contracted with a lady of such quality as Mademoiselle de la Force.   Note: Monsieur Dangeau did not…

  • Dangeau’s Diary, May 1687

    5th. — The prince d’Isenghien is at the point of death, and has begged the Marshal d’Humieres to forgive his marriage with M. de Surville. The Marshal has received his daughter, whom Monsieur d’Isenghien had caused to come to the little stable where he lies ill. 8th. — Versailles. We are informed that the King has sent counsellors of state…

  • Dangeau’s Diary, March 1687

    9th. — Monsieur de Roquelaure had asked the King for the alienation fines of some estates be longing to Monsieur de Lauzun, and the King refused them, saying, that no person should wish to profit by the disgrace of the unfortunate. 12th. — Versailles. The Emperor has caused the King to be assured, both by letter and by the mouth…

  • Dangeau’s Diary, February 1687

      13th. — Versailles. The Duc de Crequi died this evening at Paris at three o’clock. The Duc de Gesvres, gentleman of the chamber for this year, upon opening the King’s curtains, informed him of the circumstance, and asked for the government of Paris, which his Majesty upon rising granted him. 18th. — Versailles. The King went shooting in the…

  • Dangeau’s Diary, January 1687

      January 5th. — Versailles. The Dauphine was taken ill in the night. The King called upon her before he went to mass and his Majesty has deferred the children’s baptism till her health is reestablished, which it is hoped will not exceed eight days. She took her dinner and supper in bed. Upon leaving the petit coucher, the King…

  • Dangeau’s Diary, December 1686

    10th. — The King has been very well today. He suffers very little and is very tranquil, but the intelligence he received this evening of the danger of Monsieur le Prince (le Grand Condé), has afflicted him very much. He conversed with Monsieur le Duc (Duc d’Enghien/Duc de Bourbon) a long time, who set off in all haste to attend…