Louis XIV: Life Is not the Supreme Value

April 28, 2014

Madame de Maintenon was the second wife of Louis XIV.

Madame de Maintenon was the second wife of Louis XIV.

When Louis XIV left to besiege Mons, Madame de Maintenon questioned the Marquis of Louvois, his minister of war:

— “Sir, do you guarantee his life?”

— “No, Madam, but I guarantee him glory.”

François Michel Le Tellier, Marquis de Louvois, Secretary of State for War for a significant part of the reign of Louis XIV.

François Michel Le Tellier, Marquis de Louvois, Secretary of State for War for a significant part of the reign of Louis XIV.

 

Edmond Guérard, Dictionnaire encyclopédique d’anecdotes (Paris: Firmin Didot, 1872),

Vol. 2, 318. (Nobility.org translation.)

Short Stories on Honor, Chivalry, and the World of Nobility—no. 380

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