Excerpt from Madame De Maintenon
Early in last year (as Mr. Oxenham pointed out in an able article in the April number of the National Review), Dr. Dollinger gave a remarkable lecture at Munich on Madame de Maintenon as "the most influential woman in French History." And yet, as every one knows, French history, and especially the history of the seventeenth century, in which she lived, absolutely bristles with influential and distinguished women. Nor is Dr. Dollinger in any way given to indiscriminate admiration or uncritical praise.
During last year also M. A. Geffroy published in Paris two admirable volumes of selected letters and conversations of Madame de Maintenon, annotated with great care, and throwing much valuable light upon the calumnies to which she has been subjected, as well as upon her real character and motives.
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