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La Confession de Talleyrand, V. 1-5 Mémoires du Prince de Talleyrand   By: (1754-1838)

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I recently finished reading a fascinating five-volume memoir by Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, titled La Confession de Talleyrand. In these memoirs, Talleyrand provides a unique perspective on some of the most significant events in French history, as well as insights into his own role in shaping them.

Talleyrand, a diplomat and statesman, served under several French rulers, including Napoleon Bonaparte and Louis XVIII. His memoirs offer a behind-the-scenes look at the politics and power struggles of the time, shedding light on the complex relationships between European leaders.

What sets Talleyrand's memoirs apart is his candid and sometimes cynical observations on the people and events he encountered. His writing is sharp and witty, providing a glimpse into the mind of a man who navigated the treacherous waters of French politics with skill and cunning.

While Talleyrand's memoirs can be dense and at times difficult to follow, they offer a valuable perspective on a turbulent period in European history. Anyone interested in the Napoleonic era or the intricacies of diplomacy will find much to appreciate in these volumes.

Overall, I highly recommend La Confession de Talleyrand to history buffs and fans of political memoirs. Talleyrand's keen insights and wit make for a compelling read that sheds light on an often overlooked figure in French history.

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[Note: Définition de "cant": Mot anglais signifiant, entre autre, le jargon d'un monde affectant l'apparence d'une haute religion ou d'une haute sévérité de moeurs.]




1754 1838

C'est là le vrai Talleyrand. ( Le Figaro , 7 mars 1891.)


1891 Tous droits réservés.



La Confession de Talleyrand a été composée avant la publication de ses Mémoires ; le Figaro en a donné des fragments anecdotiques dans son Supplément littéraire du 7 mars 1891, et l'Épigraphe du journal résume l'esprit du livre: C'est là le vrai Talleyrand .

Le lendemain, le Figaro publiait la lettre suivante de M. de Broglie:

Monsieur, je lis dans le Supplément du Figaro de ce matin, 7 mars, un article intitulé: Confession de M... Continue reading book >>

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