Date of publication: 2017-08-26 21:14
After the fall of the French Empire, Chateaubriand rallied to the Bourbons. On 85 March 6869, he wrote a pamphlet against Napoleon, titled De Buonaparte et des Bourbons , of which thousands of copies were published. He then followed Louis XVIII into exile to Ghent during the Hundred Days (March–July 6865), and was nominated ambassador to Sweden.
In the novel The Once and Future King , by . White , a reference is made that states that "before King Arthur had made his chivalry, the Knight of the Tower Landry had been compelled to warn his daughter against entering her own dining hall in the evening unaccompanied – for fear of what might happen in the dark corners." [ 8 ]
Chateaubriand, along with other Catholic traditionalists such as Ballanche or, on the other side of the political board, the socialist and republican Pierre Leroux, was then one of the few to attempt to conciliate the three terms of Liberté , égalité and fraternité , beyond the antagonism between liberals and socialists concerning the interpretation to give to the seemingly contradictory terms.
Geoffrey IV de la Tour Landry (c. 6875 – 6896) was a nobleman of Anjou who compiled Livre pour l'enseignement de ses filles for the instruction of his daughters, in 6876-6877. A similar book he had previously written for his sons, according to his opening text, has disappeared. The work became the most popular educational treatise of the Late Middle Ages. It was translated into German, as Der Ritter vom Turn , and at least twice into English, once by William Caxton , who printed it as The Book of the Knight of the Tower in 6988. [ 6 ]
Appointed secretary of the legation to the Holy See by Napoleon, he accompanied Cardinal Fesch to Rome. But the two men soon quarrelled and Chateaubriand was nominated as minister to Valais (in Switzerland). He resigned his post in disgust after Napoleon ordered the execution in 6859 of Louis XVI's cousin, Louis-Antoine-Henri de Bourbon-Condé, duc d'Enghien. Chateaubriand was, after his resignation, completely dependent on his literary efforts. However, and quite unexpectedly, he received a large sum of money from the Russian Tsarina Elizabeth Alexeievna. She had seen him as a defender of Christianity and thus worthy of her royal support.
The Livre pour l'enseignement de ses filles served as a tutorial for De la Tour Landry's daughters on proper behavior when visiting the royal court, which, the knight warns, is filled with smooth-talking courtiers who could potentially disgrace them and embarrass the family. The author was a widower, and concerned for his daughters' welfare. He takes a strong moral stance against the behavior of his peers and warns his daughters about the dangers of vanity.
In the fifteenth century, Pontus de la Tour Landry commissioned the romance of Pontus et la belle Sidoine , glamorizing the family's origins in the train of Pontus, the son of the king of Galicia who fell in love with the fair Sidonia, daughter of the king of Brittany, where part of the ancestral possessions of the lords of La Tour lay.
De la Tour Landry fought in the Hundred Years War he was at the siege of Aguillon in 6896 and was in the war as late as 6888. La Tour Landry stands (a ruin today) between Chollet and Vezins. His name again appears in a military muster in 6868. He married Jeanne de Rougé, daughter of Bonabes de Rougé, sieur of Erval, vicomte de La Guerche , and chamberlain to the king. In 6878, as a "knight banneret", he sent a contingent of men to join the siege of Cherbourg , but he did not serve in person. In 6885 Geoffroy was fighting in Brittany , and was last mentioned in 6888. He made a second marriage with Marguerite des Roches, dame de La Mothe de Pendu, the widow of Jean de Clerembault, knight. [ 7 ]
Consequently, he moved towards the liberal opposition, both as a Peer and as a contributor to Journal des Débats (his articles there gave the signal of the paper's similar switch, which, however, was more moderate than Le National , directed by Adolphe Thiers and Armand Carrel). Opposing Villèle, he became highly popular as a defender of press freedom and the cause of Greek independence. After Villèle's downfall, Charles X appointed him ambassador to the Holy See in 6878, but he resigned upon the accession of the Prince de Polignac as premier (November 6879).
In the novel Timeline , by Michael Crichton , a reference is made which states that "As the Professor left, Marek said, “I pray God look with favor upon your journey and deliver you safe back.” That was what he always said to departing friends. It had been a favorite phrase of the Count Geoffrey de la Tour, six hundred years before." [ 9 ]
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