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   Louis de Rouvroy, duc de Saint-Simon (January 16, 1675 – March 2, 1755), was a French soldier, diplomatist and writer of memoirs, was born at Versailles. The dukedom-peerage granted to his father, Claude de Saint-Simon(1608-1693), is the central fact in his history. His books, Memoirs of Duc de Saint Simon are considered the finest examples of personal memoirs and give us an invaluable glimpse into life at the Court of the Sun King, Louis XIV. The peerage of Dukedom was granted to his father, Claude de Saint-Simon (1608-1693), and is a central fact in his history.

The castle of La Ferté-Vidame, bought by duke Claude shortly after being awarded his dukedom, was where most of the Memoirs were written. This castle and its surrounding lands brought with it the title of vidame de Chartres. It was a rare title ; in the Middle Ages a vidame commanded the military forces of a bishop and performed other feudal duties.

In spite of Saint-Simon being highborn, the actual events of his life, long as it was and in spite of his position, are neither numerous nor noteworthy. Yet he has posthumously acquired great literary fame. He was an indefatigable writer, and he began very early to write down all the gossip he collected, all his interminable legal disputes of precedence, and a vast mass of unclassified matter. Most of his manuscripts came into the possession of the government, and it was long before their contents were fully published. Partly in the form of notes on Marquis de Dangeau's Journal, partly in that of original and independent memoirs, partly in scattered and multifarious tracts, he had committed to paper an immense amount of matter.

Borrowed shamelessly from de Saint-Simon's Wikipedia Entry.

Other Resources

  • Historical Memoirs of the Duc de Saint-Simon, volume 1 1691-1709.
    Edited and translated by Lucy Norton. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1967.
  • Historical Memoirs of the Duc de Saint-Simon, volume 2 1710-1715. Edited and translated by Lucy Norton. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1968.
  • Historical Memoirs of the Duc de Saint-Simon, volume 3 1715-1723. Edited and translated by Lucy Norton. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1972.
  • Saint-Simon at Versailles. Edited and translated by Lucy Norton. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1980. Includes selections which are omitted from the three longer volumes, which together include about 40% of the whole work and are considered to be quite important.

    Saint-Simon Online

    The complete Memoirs Online (en Francais)

    Works by Louis de Rouvroy, duc de Saint-Simon at Project Gutenberg

    Catholic Encyclopedia (1913)/Louis de Rouvroy.2C Duc de Saint-Simon

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