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Louis Philippe

John S. C. Abbott

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. . .Duke of Chartres. [Pg 65]Many persons have imagined that the Duke of Chartres was aware of this design. It is certain that in the army, as well as among the moderates of the interior, the prince would have found a crowd of adherents. But he was too conscientious to usurp a crown which had just fallen in blood—too good a son to authorize proceedings which would have endangered the life of his father; in short, too enlightened, too prudent, notwithstanding his extreme youth, to be instrumental in any ambitious or ill-conceived scheme emanating from such a man as Dumouriez. However, whether the Duke of Chartres was conscious or not of the designs of General Dumouriez, a stern necessity rendered a union of their fortunes indispensable for a time."

The fugitives repaired first to Mons, the head-quarters of the Austrians, to obtain their passports. Prince Charles urged the duke to enter the service of the Empire, and to co-operate with foreign armies and the emigran. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Dated language and overly wordy but ok.

This biography covers much of what was occurring in general during Louis Philippe’s time before and during his reign as King of the French. Actually, LP often disappears into the background for lengthy periods whilst other notable figures or events are discussed.

Overall, this is an interesting accou