• 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…

  • Dangeau’s Diary, December 1685

    5th. — This evening, the King in formed the Duc de Beauvilliers that he had chosen him to fill the situation of President of the Chamber of Finance. Monsieur de Beauvilliers represented that he had no acquaintance whatever with that business and that perhaps his Majesty would repent his choice, and begged him again to reflect upon it. The King…

  • Dangeau’s Diary, November 1685

    1st. — The Prince de la Roche-sur-Yon has written a letter to his Majesty, which was delivered to him by Bloin, but which his Majesty would not read. The Prince de la Roche-sur-Yon informs his Majesty, that finding himself in dis grace, he conceives it his duty to absent himself from court, and that he should go to Isle-Adam, there…

  • Dangeau’s Diary, October 1685

    2d. — The King at his levee received the intelligence that all the town of Castres was converted. 5th. — We have learnt that Montpellier and all the diocese, as well as Lunel, Maugnio, Aigues- mortes, are converted. The diocese of Nismes, the same. 7th. — The death of Vittorio Siri, historiographer to the King, was announced. He had been…

  • Dangeau’s Diary, September 1685

    1st. — Intelligence arrived that the Princes de Conti, three days after the taking of Neuville, had left Hungary. That they had already arrived at Strasburg, whence they had dispatched a courier to Monsieur le Prince and that they had repaired there to await the answer, and the King’s commands. 2d. — We heard this evening that all the Huguenots…

  • Dangeau’s Diary, July & August 1685

    1st. — The Duke of Monmouth attacked the King’s troops the 15th of this month. He was defeated, then pursued, and taken on the 17th, disguised and hidden in a ditch. Lord Gray was taken a few days after. They were conducted to London and saw the King. The duke of Monmouth tried all that submission and prayers could effect,…

  • Dangeau’s Diary, June 1685

    1st. — The King’s daughter, Mademoiselle de Nantes, completed her twelfth year this day, and Madame de Montespan regrets that arrangements have not been made for the marriage to take place tomorrow. They will wait for the return of Monsieur le Duc from Burgundy, whither he goes the day after the carousal. 3rd. — The King gave audience to the…

  • Dangeau’s Diary, May 1685

    4th. — This evening at nine o’clock the Dauphine passed into the King’s little apartment and no courtier was admitted. There was a lottery, consisting of three thousand tickets, among which there were twenty-four prizes, four of silver, and twenty of jewels. The lottery was drawn both before and after the supper given by his Majesty to the ladies who…

  • Dangeau’s Diary, April 1685

    2nd. — The King bought the Hôtel de Vendome at Paris. It cost him two hundred thousand crowns for the creditors, and six thousand louis to Monsieur de Vendome (Louis Joseph de Bourbon, Duc de Vendôme). It will be converted into an elegant square and the King will raise at least two hundred thousand francs, by the ground to be…

  • Dangeau’s Diary, March 1685

    4th. — There was a little carousel. It consisted of two quadrilles, the quadrille of the Christians was composed of myself, representing Charlemagne, Monseigneur as Zerbin, Monsieur de la Roche Guyon as Aquilan le Nuir, Monsieur de Liancourt as Griffon le Blanc, the Prince de Tingri as Renaud and Monsieur d’Antin as Roland. This quadrille was dressed in black and…

  • Dangeau’s Diary, February 1685

    4th. – Madame de Montespan has this day returned from Paris, where she had passed two or three days during her absence, the King went every evening after supper to Madame de Maintenon’s. I learn that the Dauphine named, at the commencement of the ball, those who were to lead off the dance with the Princesses of the blood; this…

  • Dangeau’s Diary, January 1685

    1st. — The King gave Monseigneur, le Grand Dauphin, a New Year’s present of four thousand pistoles, besides the fifteen hundred he allows him monthly. He also presented Monsieur with a similar gift. 2d. — The Nuncio came, on the part of the Pope, to solicit a month’s delay for the Genoese. The King replied, that he was resolved to…

  • Dangeau’s Diary, December 1684

    1st — This evening, Madame de Grignan came to thank his Majesty for the four thousand crowns which he had given Monsieur de Grignan, for the extraordinary expenses he had on the coast, in Provence. The Comtet told us that the Duke of Savoy had ordered the Prince de Carignan to quit his states, and was endeavouring to find means…

  • Dangeau’s Diary, November 1684

    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…

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