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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 361 pages of information about The Life of Marie de Medicis Volume 2.


[26] Madame de Sully, the second wife of the Duke, was Rachel de Gochefilet, the daughter of Jacques, Seigneur de Vaucelas, and of Marie d’Arbalete.  She was first married to Francois Hurault, Sieur de Chateaupers et du Marais, who died in 1590.  She survived the Duc de Sully, and died in 1659, at the age of ninety-three years.  The arrogance of this lady was so notorious that it became the subject of one of those biting epigrams for which Henri IV had rendered himself famous; for it is on record that upon an occasion when he was a guest at the table of the finance minister, he drank her health, accompanied by the following impromptu:—­

       “Je bois a toi, Sully;
       Mais j’ai failli;
     Je devois dire a vous, adorable Duchesse,
       Pour boire a vos appas
       Faut mettre chapeau bas.”

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[27] Bassompierre, Mem. p. 72.

[28] Richelieu, Hist. de la Mere et du Fils, vol. i. p. 55.

[29] Extracted from the Parliamentary Registers in the Memoirs of Phelipeaux de Pontchartrain, Secretary of the Orders of Marie de Medicis.

[30] L’Etoile, vol. iv. p. 49.

[31] Mem. pour l’Hist. de France, vol. ii. p. 359.

[32] Mercure Francais, 1611, p. 17.

[33] Richelieu, Hist. de la Mere et du Fils, vol. i. p. 56.

[34] Charles de Cosse, Comte de Brissac, Governor of Paris, in the year 1594 delivered up that city to Henri IV, by whom he was on that occasion raised to the dignity of Marshal of France.  In 1626 Louis XIII erected his estate into a duchy-peerage, and in the following year he died Duc de Brissac.

[35] Urbain de Laval, Marquis de Bois-Dauphin, was one of the four Marshals of France created by the Duc de Mayenne whose rank was subsequently confirmed by Henri IV.  He was one of the original chiefs of the League.

[36] Matthieu, Hist. des Derniers Troubles, 1610, pp. 446-453.

[37] Bassompierre, Mem. p. 72.

[38] Sully, Mem. vol. viii. p. 30.

[39] Bassompierre, Mem. p. 72.

[40] Richelieu, Hist. de la Mere et du Fils, vol. i. pp. 57-59.

[41] Richelieu, Hist. de la Mere et du Fils, vol. i. pp. 83, 84.

[42] L’Etoile, vol. iv. p. 155.

[43] Mercure Francais, 1610, vol. i. p. 492.

[44] Matthieu, Hist. des Derniers Troubles, book iii. p. 454.

[45] Mem. de Henri, Duc de Rohan, edit.  Petitot.

[46] The Cardinal Guido Bentivoglio, born in 1579, was descended from an illustrious Bolognese family, who had formerly been the sovereigns of that state, and had produced alike great warriors, renowned poets, and celebrated prelates.  He was himself a distinguished diplomatist and an able writer.  Literature is indebted to his pen for the History of the Civil Wars of Flanders, sundry Memoirs, and a Narrative of Flanders.  He died in 1644.

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