Vivaldi La Follia

Live concert 17 May 2007.
Warsaw Royal Castle
Ensemble Baltic Baroque

Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet

Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet September 27, 1627 - April 12, 1704

Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet was a theologian in the court of the Louis XIV, Le Roi Soleil. Bossuet was and remains one of histories best defender of absolute monarchy. Bossuet ennunciated the that only God stands above the king, therefore the king's authority cannot be be questioned by any other human being.

Bossuet's wrote the treatise, "On the Nature and Properties of Royal Authority," in which he described the greatest crime is to attack the person of the king; The king is not a mere man, but he is representative of God on Earth, that life individuals must guard above their own. Kings are responsible to God for using their power to advance the public good. Bussuet argues this is absolute authority for kings, since no man is able to to deminish the king's ability to pass judgment on matters of good and evil. The king is accountable only to God for this judgment.

Bossuet also compares a king to a father for his subjects, and thus grounds the belief in absolute authority in the Ten Commandments, which include obedience to one's parents. He justifies a king's immense material power as a gift from God so that the king's attention will not need to be occupied with the pursuit or desire of further material gains, he is therefore able to direct for the kingdoms good those things that he was intended to by God. While he declared the absolute authority of the king he emphasized that kings must use their power only for the public good and that the king is not above the law, “for if he sins, he destroys the laws by his example.”

Vive le Roy.

Election 2008

Nick at http://altarandthrone.blogspot.com/ has some insigts about the election of 2008...

The clock ticks ever closer to the Presidential Election of 2008. The candidates have debated, they have slung accusations and claims at one another (both within and without the respective parties), millions of dollars have been spent, and many have already thrown in the towel and called it quits. So where do I stand, you ask? Some think that a monarchist would have no interest in a democratic election. Others think that, while I may have an interest, I would not take part in a process of government in which I have no belief. So, here's what I've got to say.

First of all, for a country that values democracy so much, we have a very undemocratic way of electing our presidents. I'm not talking about the Electoral College (although that too is a very undemocratic body, as the members of the College are allowed to ignore the will of their constituencies and vote as they please), but I'm talking about the primary process. Firstly, let's face it: only the rich can run for office.

Thanks and a tip of the beret to Nick.

Dieu le Roy!
de Brantigny


Mouth of the Mississippi found

In mid-February 1682, French explorers, René Robert Cavelier, Sieur de la Salle (Nov. 21, 1643-Mar. 19, 1687), a former Jesuit, and his lieutenant, Henri de Tonti (1649 or 1650-Sept. 1704), lead an expedition from New France departing in canoes from the mouth of the Illinois River with 24 Frenchmen and 25 Native Americans. Travelling down the Mississippi River, their party reaches the mouth of the Mississippi and the Gulf of Mexico near modern-day Venice, Louisiana, on April 7 having established peaceful relations with the Chickasaw, Quapaw, Taensa, Natchez, and Koroa nations along the way. On April 9, La Salle formally claims the Mississippi River and all of its tributaries for King Louis XIV of France, naming the entire Mississippi basin, from the Alleghenies to the Rocky Mountains, "La Louisiane" in honor of the King.

Thanks and a tip of the beret to The Frog Blog of Louis la Vache

Vive Le Roy!
de Brantigny

Barcarolle, "the Tales of Hoffman"

Carmen Monarcha and Carla Maffioletti sing Jacques Offenbach's Barcarolle. From the opera"The tales of Hoffman".
Directed by Ande Rieu from the concert in Tuscany

Madame Royale and The Death of Innocence

Elena-Maria, has an article which is very important for us today on the Death of Innocence. It may be found here.

Watching the Fox News yesterday as I was getting ready for work, a news article came on which showed several young girls beating another girl up and filming it. She had been lured by another girl whom she thought was her friend, but whom had betrayed her. Trust. Perhaps, in time to come she will learn to trust again. The reason she had been attacked? So the girls could be stars on Youtube. A betrayal of trust.

As adults we are to be the ones that the youth looks up to, to emulate, to help grow. Some 213 years ago, in a place which was assuredly no stranger to child mortality, a young boy was allowed to die by starvation and neglect. Unfortunately stories usually end there. Maybe we just want to sanitize our life when we hear of such stories, we always look for a happy ending. As a case manager in a prison I can tell you that no evil ever perpetrated ever just ends. There is a cycle which extends way past the original crime amongst the families, not only of the victims but also of the perpetrators. An evil such as this is all the more heinous when the crime is done, not in ones own name, but in the name of a nation.

One of the most difficult portions of my life is Post Traumatic Shock Syndrome. It makes my life a burden sometimes. I think the description of Madame Royale is a true and well researched characterization of one who is thus afflicted. I know how she must have felt, especially the first sentence...

"She did not know why she had been spared. Her inner suffering increased as she discovered that it is sometimes more agonizing to live than to die....It would feel so strange to be out in the world again; so strange and so frightening. The Temple was the only home she had known since she was fourteen. To leave it would be severing the last links with her family. She would be going to a distant land, a penniless orphan, to relations she did not know. She, Madame Royale...."

~From Trianon by Elena Maria Vidal

Dieu le Roy,
de Brantigny


A New Royalty Blog

I would like to welcome Theodore Harvey to the blogosphere. He has begun a new blog entitled Royal World. Theodore has a very impressive resume' which includes being the Asst. Principle Cellist for the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.

de Brantigny


Queen Astrid of Belgium

The Original Queen of Hearts

The metric system

Today 7 April , 1795 the French revolutionary adopt the metric system. The revolution gave an opportunity for drastic change with an official ideology of "pure reason". It was proposed as a considerable improvement over the inconsistent collection of customary units that existed before, and that it be based on units of ten, because scientists, engineers, and bureaucrats at the time found this more convenient for the complex unit conversion they often must do.

Regt Irelandais Dillion

Jean Vial has written some new long awaited (by me anyway) articles on the Seven Years War. This month he has written on the Regiment Dillion, an Irish regiment in French Service. Irish soldiers, often called the Wild Geese, formed a sturdy backbone of many European powers, not only France but Spain and the Empire as well. The regiment Dillion formed part of the French Line a Fontenoy and were part of the Irish Piquets at Culloden.

The site is in French, but the art work is well worth the visit.

The site may be accessed here...

And the main site may be acessed here...

A somewhat accurate history of the Irish brigade in French service may be found here...

Vive le Roy,
de Brantigny

The cut of the clothes 18th century

Kent State University Museum has a remarkably complete series of displays of clothing during the 18th century in a visual dictionary of fashion. Found here... Anne Bissonnette is the curator of the museum.

It was an age of style, elegance, and grace.

Found at this link is Le Fleur de Lyse, maker of historic clothing and member of Association d'histoire vivante Québec Canada. There are no finer reproduction clothing and patterns made for the 18th century than these. the site may be found here, and here.

de Brantigny