Mémoires sur la Régence d’Anne d’Autriche

François La Rochefoucauld (duc de), Amsterdam, 1662

In November 1664, Lister noted that he had read: ‘Memoirs de M. de Rochefoucauld et de M. de Chatre’.

Not only did his annotation refer to the works of La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), but also included:  Edme La Châtre, comte, Mémoires du comte de La Chatre : contenant la fin du règne de Louis XIII, et le commencement de celui de Louis XIV.  These two works were bound together in a Cologne edition of 1664.

Under the patronage of Madame de Chevreuse, La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680) joined the service of Queen Anne of Austria; in 1662, Elzevir surreptitiously published his memoirs of his court and military career, which were well regarded for their elegant style and reliability.  He wrote with vibrant wit and was known for his 504 maxims, for example:

We all have strength enough to endure the misfortunes of others

Edme de la Châtre was Maître de la Garderobe du Roy and Colonel General des Suisse, dying at the battle of Nortlinguen in 1645.

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