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Louise de La Valliere and the Early Life of Louis XIV; From Unpublished Documents (Paperback) Loot Price: R416
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Louise de La Valliere and the Early Life of Louis XIV; From Unpublished Documents (Paperback): Jules Auguste Lair

Louise de La Valliere and the Early Life of Louis XIV; From Unpublished Documents (Paperback)

Jules Auguste Lair

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II 1675--1685 SISTER LOUISE passed the first days of her profession in devout meditation. When she was allowed to resume her relations with the world, she wrote a touching letter to her friend the Marechal de Bellefonds: "It is now that I can truly say I belong to God for ever. I am attached by bonds so strong that nothing can break them, bound by my vows, and still more by the grace which has made me take them. My only remaining desire is to lose the memory of all which is not God. Through His goodness, my heart is detached and my will aims only at pleasing Him; but wearisome memories, from which I long to be fully freed, distract me in spite of myself. They alone remain to be destroyed." Alas one does not forget at one's pleasure. Louise knew only too well by experience this obsession by " a haunting idea. Thinking that one must forget--one remembers." But she accepted the irksome revocations by way of penance. "It is the hardest we can do. To love God ardently and forget all the rest--ah Monsieur le Marechal, it would be too pleasant. I must bear the penalty of my sins." To deaden remembrance, she wearied out her body, fasted on bread and water, wore a hair-shirt and iron belts, while iron bracelets replaced gold rings and jewelled ornaments. Mother Agnes, whilst admiring this zeal, moderated it for fear of its loss through sheer ardour. Sensible and prudent as she was, she had not allowed the Duchess to become a simple lay-sister; but she now permitted Sister Louise to help the white-veiled sisters in the most laborious housework.1 Laundry-work, sweeping, washing-up, not for a day only, not for a week--but until the good pleasure of the Prioress should relieve them from duty. In these occupations and in this fatigue our penitent...


Imprint: Rarebooksclub.com
Country of origin: United States
Release date: July 2012
First published: July 2012
Authors: Jules Auguste Lair
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 7mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 126
ISBN-13: 978-1-150-56925-8
Categories: Books > Humanities > History
Books > Humanities > History > General
Books > History > General
LSN: 1-150-56925-5
Barcode: 9781150569258

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