• 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, 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…

  • Philippe de Courcillon, Marquis de Dangeau

    Philippe de Courcillon was born on September 21 in 1638, only a couple of days after Louis XIV, whose death Philippe de Courcillon would record almost a century later.   Born at the Château de Dangeau to Louis de Courcillon and Charlotte des Nouhes, and into a Calvinist family, Philippe converted to Catholicism early. After a youth not much is known…

  • 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…

  • 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, 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…

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