An infant King learns his manners

August 25, 2014

Portrait of Most Rev. Henri Charles du Cambout de Coislin (1665-1732), Bishop of Metz from 1697 to 1732, and duc de Coislin from 1710.

Portrait of Most Rev. Henri Charles du Cambout de Coislin (1665-1732), Bishop of Metz from 1697 to 1732, and duc de Coislin from 1710.

Upon being introduced to His Excellency, Most Rev. Henri Charles du Cambout de Coislin, bishop of Metz, Louis XV, a child at the time, exclaimed:

“My, how ugly he is.”

Upon leaving, the bishop said:

“We have a very rude boy here.”

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Edmond Guérard, Dictionnaire encyclopédique d’anécdotes (Paris: Firmin Didot, 1872), Vol. 2, p. 42 (Nobility.org translation).

Short Stories on Honor, Chivalry, and the World of Nobility—no. 414

 

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