But now, when a mere strange English wench arrives with a little low head-dress, all the Princesses think fit to go at once from one extremity to another. He was only superstitious in religious matters; for example, with respect to the miracles of the Virgin, etc. My son's affliction is so much the greater since he perceives that, if he had been less complying with his beloved daughter, and if he had exercised somewhat more of a parent's authority, she would have been alive and well at this time. He could not bear him, because Montespan and that old Maintenon had made him believe the youth was not his but the Duc de Lauzun's child. The King and the old woman threatened to dismiss all his favourites, which made him consent to everything; he repented afterwards, but it was then too late.
When she went out in a carriage, she had guards, lest her husband should, as he had threatened, offer her some insult. The King loved the chase, music and the theatre; my husband rather affected large parties and masquerades: his brother was a man of great gallantry, and I do not believe my husband was ever in love during his life. As to going into a convent, I never once thought of it, although it was that which old Maintenon most desired. During Louis' reign, France was the leading European power, and it fought three major wars: the Franco-Dutch War, the War of the League of Augsburg, and the War of the Spanish Succession. He learned to cook during his stay with the army in Spain. If my son has a queen-sultana, it is this Madame de Parabere. A number of plates were found in the ruelle of his bed after his death.
His manners are easy, and it may be said, without flattery, that he dances very well. The Duchesse d'Orleans, commonly though incorrectly styled the Princess of Bavaria, was known to have maintained a very extensive correspondence with her relations and friends in different parts of Europe. This old woman had conceived so violent a hatred against the poor Princess, that I do believe she prevailed on Clement, the accoucheur, to treat her ill in her confinement; and what confirms me in this is that she almost killed her by visiting her at that time in perfumed gloves. She publicly manifested her contempt for them, and prevailed on the King not to invite them to Marly in future. Monsieur was quite confused at this, and, by way of repairing the offence he had committed, he took upon himself the payment of 600 louis d'or, which I had lost over and above the thousand pistoles. I had told them to call me when the Queen should be ready to go, and we were rolling upon a Turkey carpet when I was summoned; I arose in great haste and ran into the hall; the Queen was already in the antechamber. Her son, the Chevalier d'Orleans, was Grand-Prieur of France.
This irritated her, and she was in a very bad humour when the King came. What can you be thinking of, M. He could remain for a whole day, sitting on a sofa or in an arm-chair, beating his cane against his shoes, without saying a word; he never gave an opinion upon any subject; but when once, in the course of the year, he did speak, he could express himself in terms sufficiently noble. . My son has just made me more rich by adding 150,000 livres to my pension 1719.
She walks a little on one side, which Madame de Ratzenhausen calls walking by ear. He had, in fact, begun to chatter through jealousy of another person who had gained the Queen's favour. I do not know how it is, but even her lameness is becoming to her. He was the Queen-mother's chevalier d'honneur. The wife of the cripple, the Duchesse du Maine, resolved to have an explanation with my son.
Different reports respecting the Duchesse du Maine are abroad; some say she has beaten her husband and broken the glasses and everything brittle in her room. Duclos adds that the Regent only laughed at this German blunder of his mother's. The last Duc d'Ossuna had, it is said, a very beautiful, but at the same time a passionate and jealous wife. All this gave me great anxiety. It is impossible for a man to be more amorous than the Duke is of Craon 19th of April, 1718. Such conduct can do him no good.
The Dauphine used to call old Maintenon her aunt, but only in jest; the fines d'honneur called her their gouvernante, and the Marechale de La Mothe, mamma; if the Dauphine had also called the old woman her mamma, it would have been regarded as a declaration of the King's marriage; for this reason she only called her aunt. Her habit was to treat things very seriously, and without the least appearance of jesting. He was a very cunning person, and a great political intriguer. In my opinion, to do this is much better than to wear diamonds. He has often made me laugh at his complaining of this seriously, and with an air of great affliction.
The Ambassador made preparations for this excursion, and together with his wife accompanied the Prince, whose Governor and one of his gentlemen were of the party. He was well made, but his appearance, though not disagreeable, was not remarkably good; he squinted a little. Her brother s death also meant that she became the heiress of the then Duchess of Montpensier, her distant childless cousin and her husband s first cousin. I am German in all my habits, and like nothing in eating or drinking which is not conformable to our old customs. When he reached Nancy he requested the Duke to recruit three regiments, which he said should be his own. My son replied that they could not doubt he should always advise the King to the most lenient measures; that His Majesty would not only be gracious to them as a body, while they merited it, but also to each individual; that, as to the prisoners, they would in good time be released. He was very angry with Lord Stair because he believed that he had done him an ill office with the King of England, and prevented the latter from entering into the alliance with France and Holland.
When they had reached the thickest part of the wood, the stranger alighted, and, seizing the bridle of the monk's horse, demanded his money. Devotion has softened his heart and his temper. The King sent for him, and asked him if it was true that he had really resolved not to enter the Church. Just at this time the Spanish Ambassador at Piedmont sent her a counter-poison which had a happy effect: she recovered, but never would mention whom she suspected. After this answer, she took care not to go, for her husband was a great brute, and would have said whatever he pleased as soon as she presented herself to him. He had a well-made person, and if the interior had answered to the exterior I should have had nothing to say against him.