Tag Archives: Louis XV

Dictators’ problems

I read that the besieged ex-president of Ivory Coast sent three generals out to negotiate terms. Perhaps these were the last ones he could trust.  Dictators, like other managers, can’t always get or deploy the staff the way they want.  … Continue reading

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Beauty at the court of Louis XV

The Duc de Saint-Simon (1675 – 1755), the greatest gossip of the age, pauses in his voluminous memoirs of the reigns of Louis XIV and Louis XV to describe his friend the Regent, Philippe II d’Orléans, and to praise a … Continue reading

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