This is a new and freshly published edition of this culturally important work by Duc de Saint-Simon, which is now, at last, again available to you.
Enjoy this classic work today. These selected paragraphs distill the contents and give you a quick look inside The Memoirs of Louis XIV. - His Court and The Regency - Complete:
Upon his return to Court, taking up apartments which the royal favour had reserved for him at Versailles, Saint-Simon secretly entered upon the self-appointed task for which he is now known to fame-a task which the proud King of a vainglorious Court would have lost no time in terminating had it been discovered-the task of judge, spy, critic, portraitist, and historian, rolled into one.
...I will not dwell upon these two documents, in which nothing is provided but the grandeur and the power of the bastards, Madame de Maintenon and Saint-Cyr, the choice of the Kings education and of the council of the regency, by which M. le Duc dOrleans was to be shorn of all authority to the advantage of M. le Duc du Maine.
...The reading being finished, that prince spoke, casting his eyes upon all the assembly, uncovering himself, and then covering himself again, and commencing by a word of praise and of regret for the late King; afterwards raising his voice, he declared that he had only to approve everything just read respecting the education of the King, and everything respecting an establishment so fine and so useful as that of Saint-Cyr; that with respect to the dispositions concerning the government of the state, he would speak separately of those in the will and those in the codicil; that he could with difficulty harmonise them with the assurances the King, during the last days of his life, had given him; that the King could not have understood the importance of what he had been made to do for the Duc du Maine since the council of the regency was chosen, and M. du Maines authority so established by the will, that the Regent remained almost without power; that this injury done to the rights of his birth, to his attachment to the person of the King, to his love and fidelity for the state, could not be endured if he was to preserve his honour; and that he hoped sufficiently from the esteem of all present, to persuade himself that his regency would be declared as it ought to be, that is to say, complete, independent, and that he should be allowed to choose his own council, with the members of which he would not discuss public affairs, unless they were persons who, being approved by the public, might also have his confidence.
...I represented to the Regent what an ill-chosen messenger I should be to carry to Madame la Duchesse dOrleans news of the disgrace of her brother the Duc du Maine; I, who had always been such an open and declared enemy to the bastards!
...The scheme was nothing less than to throw all the realm into revolt against the government of M. le Duc dOrleans; to put the King of Spain at the head of the affairs of France, with a council and ministers named by him, and a lieutenant, who would in fact have been regent; this self-same lieutenant to be no other than the Duc du Maine!