• 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…

  • Dangeau’s Diary, November 1686

    7th. — In the evening there was an Italian opera performed, at which the King was present. I am informed that the servants of the Dutch ambassador have killed, in Paris, one of their fellows, who had become a catholic. The lieutenant criminal and Monsieur de La Reynie have written to the King to know how they were to act.…

  • Dangeau’s Diary, October 1686

    2d. — Within these few days past, the King has very frequently seen the Siamese ambassadors, both in his little apartment, where he has said a thousand obliging things to them, and also in his gardens, into which he allowed no-one to enter, in order that they might observe everything with the greater ease and convenience. They are delighted with…

  • Dangeau’s Diary, September 1686

    1st. — The King gave audience to the ambassadors from Siam, upon a throne raised for him at the end of the gallery adjoining the apartments of the Dauphine: the arrangements were admirable, and his Majesty said that he was indebted for them to Monsieur D’Aumont, first gentleman of the bed-chamber for that year: the ambassadors spoke very well. The…

  • Dangeau’s Diary, August 1686

    1st. — The King has presented Villa-Cerf with an employment to which no name has yet been given. It is partly that of comptroller-general of buildings under Monsieur de Louvois, who thereby will be relieved from many tedious details, at present too much for him. His Majesty has attached a salary of sixteen thousand francs to the office. There were…

  • Dangeau’s Diary, July 1686

    3d. — The King has given one hundred thousand francs to Monsieur de Ville, the inventor of the machine for raising the waters of the Seine. His Majesty has also increased his pension by two thousand francs, so that he has now a pension of eight thousand francs, having enjoyed one of two thousand crowns for these last four or…

  • Dangeau’s Diary, June 1686

      June 12th. — The Pope has caused great rejoicings to be made for the conversion of the heretics of France. He held a consistory expressly, in which he has bestowed great praises upon the King. He also attended divine service, at which Te Deum was sung. Public illuminations followed for three successive days. 23d. — There has been a…

  • Dangeau’s Diary, May 1686

    2d. — Mademoiselle de Malause, who still remains a Huguenot, has been ordered to retire to a convent. 6th. — Letters received from Rome state, that several Quietists have abjured. Their errors are mostly founded upon some passages ill understood by the most devout and most celebrated authors who have written upon mental prayer. They pretend, that, when a person…

  • Dangeau’s Diary, April 1686

    5th. — Quinault has requested the King to excuse him from writing operas. During his last illness, some scruples occurred to him. His Majesty has acquiesced in his wish. He is about writing a poem, explanatory of the paintings of Le Brun in the gallery of Versailles. 18th. — The King has sent the Duc de la Force to Saint-Magloire. It…

  • Dangeau’s Diary, March 1686

    26th.— On the 13th of January, Monsieur Girardin, the King’s ambassador at the Porte, assembled all the French residents, and in the King’s name announced to them that none but Catholics should henceforth enjoy the privileges and functions granted to the nation by the King’s protection and that he would give them four months to receive the necessary instructions. 28th.…

  • Dangeau’s Diary, February 1686

    2nd. — The King refused to sign the marriage-contract of Mademoiselle de Tonnerre, saying that he would confer that honour upon those only with whom he was satisfied. 13th. — l am informed that Monsieur Dacier, a gentleman celebrated for his erudition and literary productions, and who has married Mademoiselle Lefevre of still greater literary celebrity, has had a pension…

  • Dangeau’s Diary, January 1686

    January 2d. — There was a kind of sedition at Saint Germain. The inhabitants having risen to demand that their curate should not be dismissed. Seditious expressions were uttered, several persons were imprisoned by order of the King, many priests have been interdicted and the curate is exiled to Rouen. 5th. — The King and Monseigneur went to dine at…