He succeeded to his father's title of Duc d'Orleans
in 1785, but fell victim to Revolutionary France's Reign of Terror in 1793.
In 1723, at 21 years of age, he began a 12-year residence in Paris, just at the time of the death of the highly distinguished collector Duc d'Orleans
, previously Regent for Louis xv.
Foremost among these was Louis Phillipe II, the fabulously wealthy and infamously degenerate Duc d'Orleans
, who hated King Louis XVI (his cousin) and hated even more Queen consort Marie Antoinette (for rebuffing his sexual advances and causing his banishment from court).
What follows is a short study of a few books belonging to one exceptional man, Charles of Valois, duc d'Orleans
Claude Petitot), Memoires de Gaston, duc d'Orleans
, second series, vol.
Though the characters may change from year to year--for instance, the duc d'Orleans
will be representing French Royalty this summer--there is always a constant theme through the more than 1,000 events.
It was from Frenchman Charles duc d'Orleans
to his wife while he was held in the Tower of London during the 100-Year War.
He perhaps is too credulous when quoting the views of Robert Huish and one does not see how the Prince's borrowing money from the Duc d'Orleans
was virtually treasonous.
Less exotic but no less engaging is Grant Crichfield's discussion of the Journal de l'expedition des Portes de Fer, which recorded the military campaign led by the Duc d'Orleans
to Algeria in 1839.
Louis XIV Rupert Penry-Jones Nicolas Fouquet Robert Lindsay Henriett d'Angleterre Geraldine Somerville Jean-Baptiste Colbert Stephen Boxer Louise de la Valliere Hattie Morahan Anne of Austria Barbara Jefford Philippe, Duc d'Orleans
Worst party would be the costume ball given by Charles VI of France in 1393 at which the Duc d'Orleans
accidentally set fire to six guests.
The three extant manuscript homilies by Gaigny date from very early in his career, in 1521, and were addressed to Francis I and his son Charles, duc d'Orleans
, at their military encampment at Hesdin.
Of the tendency of corporation executives to seek the extra status of celebrity by doing commercials for their own products, he writes that "learning to talk to a television camera is the equivalent of learning to talk to the Duc D'Orleans