Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Louis XIV's Words to Louis XV

From Madame Delors:
Sweetheart, you are going to be a great King, but all of your happiness will depend on your submission to God and the care you will have of your people. For that, you must to the best of your abilities avoid waging war: it is the ruin of the people. Do not follow the poor example I set for you in this regard; I often commenced war too lightly and continued it out of vanity. Do not imitate me, but be a peaceful ruler, and let your main concern be the relief of your subjects’ sufferings.


Matterhorn said...

I will admit that Louis XIV is not my favorite person. Nevertheless, these are very touching words.

Svea ~Muse in the Fog said...

What thoughtful encouragement and knowledge to pass on to his son.