A CLEVER DUCHESS; Marie de Rohan as Pictured by H. Noel Williams
New York Times – January 18, 1914, Sunday
MARIE DE ROHAN, Duchesse de Chevreuse — there is magic in every syllable of the stately, melodious name, as though she who bore it could send down through the centuries something of that potent fascination which was hers during her life….
I was absolutely delighted to find the above article by chance today.
It was written in January 1914 to coincide with the publication of Hugh Noel William’s biography of Marie de Rohan ~ A Fair Conspirator.
In the days before I had a computer and a photocopier, I borrowed this book from the library and copied virtually every word of it out by hand. It took weeks…and more than one overdue fine!
Mr Williams did not seem to like his ‘Fair Conspirator’ very much. The biography has moments of high judgment and low opinion, but he tells her story with great passion.