EUGENE AND THE HISTORY OF FRANCE: I SHOWED MYSELF THE MOST FEARLESS ROYALIST OF THE CITY

The restoration of the monarchy and the resulting freedom given to the Church marked the period known as the Restoration. The two Bourbon kings who ruled were Louis XVIII (1814-1824) and Charles X (1824 – 1830). Yvon Beaudoin writes:

Father de Mazenod rarely used the word restoration, but he often mentions by name the kings Louis XVIII and Charles X. He exchanged correspondence with their ministers and met a few of them in the course of his trips to Paris in 1817, 1823 and 1825. It was with joy that he and the Mazenods greeted the return of the Bourbons in 1814. President Charles Anthony sent the king an act of homage and his oath of fidelity. During the Hundred Days, Eugene distinguished himself by displaying a fiery hostility to the Napoleonic regime. On July 7, 1815, he wrote his father:

I showed myself the most fearless royalist of the city where I live and there are perhaps few in France who can gainsay me on that point.

http://www.omiworld.org/en/dictionary/historical-dictionary_vol-1_r/933/restoration/

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One Response to EUGENE AND THE HISTORY OF FRANCE: I SHOWED MYSELF THE MOST FEARLESS ROYALIST OF THE CITY

  1. Eleanor Rabnett, Oblate Associate says:

    So Eugene liked the royalty, fiercely. Not sure that would be my choice but I live in a different time from him. I know what it is like to be a part of something and told that I must do things in a very particular way, look at things in a particular light. There are no apparent Napoleons or kings in my life, nothing so grand but there are smaller, quieter forces that I walk among and I need to look at how I do that.

    I can’t help but thing that the time we are looking at in Eugene’s life is a preparation of what is to take place. Is this similar to anything in my life, past or present?

    I have a wonderful spiritual director who has mentioned to me (he planted the seed really) that as life goes on we are sometimes forced to adapt to a ‘new normal’ in how we live – because of external forces like governments, but also because of some internal forces such as health. This is what I see Eugene as having done and that he did for the remainder of his life.

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