A Prince of Pleasure: Philip of France and His Court, 1640-1701 (Classic Reprint)

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"There are two kinds of history - the lying official history taught in schools, history ad usum delphini, and secret history, the shameful history which reveals the true causes of events," says Balzac through the mouth of that interesting rascal Vautrin. In "A Prince of Pleasure" my endeavour has been to show how personal motives and private hates were allowed to influence the trend of European policy. Philip of Orleans was in most respects a contemptible character, but, in spite of Louis XIV, in spite of himself, he was a man of importance. The men and women who surrounded him had an active share in the government of France, and his career is an integral part of the history of the "Grand Siecle." He founded a great family, which has not wholly lost its position, and may yet control the destinies of France. If the Legitimists saw their wishes realised, Philip's children would sit on the thrones of France and Great Britain.

For over two hundred years the House of Orleans has had an almost continuous intercourse with this country. Philip was the husband of an English princess. Philip "Egalite" was a friend of George Prince of Wales (afterwards George IV). As emigres after the Revolution the princes of Orleans settled in the Thames valley.

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