Or more exacting employment may have left no leisure for writing. UArl de plaire was published in , but the privilege of the Poesies was neglected until the collection was printed with the addition of poems of later date, in There is a possibility that the poet went to Italy in , for the next authentic date to be noted is in connection with his return from that country to France.
Where Gilbert met the Queen of Sweden and entered her service, when this important event of his life occurred, and the manner in which the relation was brought about are questions answered thus far only by silence. This silence is the more regrettable since the connection with the Queen of Sweden is a fact of the utmost impor- tance in the biography of Gilbert.
It is ordinarily assumed that Gilbert became the secretary of Christine in This is the date in which he announces himself in that office by adding the title to his name in connection with his published works. It is natural that evidence of his appointment being unobtainable 1 the office should be dated from the first known claim to it on the author's part.
Certain writers believe that Gilbert was called to Sweden by the queen and entered her service there, before her abdication. Gilbert, U. Chevreau, d'autres encore rimaient a qui mieux mieux en I'honneur de Christine", says Bernardin in his work on Tristan I'Hermitte 2.
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The poet who is the subject of this work 1 Application to the archivistes of the Archives des Affaires Eiran- geres, resulted in the reply that no record of the appointment of Gilbert as the Secretary and Resident in France of the Queen of Sweden has been found. Had Gilbert served the Queen of Sweden in her own country, he would doubtless have been known to Arckenholtz, the chief biographer of Christine. Arckenholtz makes mention of Gilbert first in : " Gilbert devint son Resident en France, ou il I'etoit encore en " 3. Further allusion by Arckenholtz, again on the uncorroborated authority of another, supplies a possible reason for the poet's presence in Italy before his period of em- ployment by Christine.
A reference to VAri de plaire is made and the fact that the work was translated into English mentioned, whereupon the queen's biographer adds : " Le traducteur presume que I'Auteur de cette histoire a ete autrefois au service du Marquis de Lavardin Ambassadeur de France k Rome, et ensuite a celui de Christine" 5.
The person who has taken the most infinite pains to inform himself of every detail in the life of the Queen of Sweden is unable to speak with certainty of the term of office of minor persons a Resident and secretaire des commandements would be such 6 who were from time to time in the employ of his queen.
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Among the documents relative to the " Ceremonie de la reception de Christine de Suede a Paris" 7 is a sonnet 1 Ibid. Arckenholtz Johann , Memoires concernant Christine, reine de Suede The sonnet begins : btrange changement des fortunes du monde ApoUon tout en feu passe aux glaces du Nord 1. It is presumable that the verses were composed by Gilbert. As the queen always demanded that she be received with ceremony befitting her rank upon her entrance into a city 2 , this poem doubtless was recited before Christine upon the occasion of her entrance into Paris on the eighth of September, 3.
A theory which would permit the adoption of the date , were there evidence to support it, is advanced by Goujet who assumes that Gilbert was in the queen's service when he dedicated to her the Art de plaire. He says : " 11 etait attache a la Reine de Suede, lorsqu'il donna en UArt de plaire, qu'il dedia a cette Reine" 4. Since the privilege of this work is dated March, , could Goujet's assumption that the author was already in the queen's employ when he dedicated the work to her be proved, this date could be substituted for his hypothetical The latter date has support from an entirely different quarter.
Baron Bildt gives the name of Gilbert in the list of persons composing the court "la nouvelle cour" of the queen. In a note he states his authority : the name occurs in a list "envoyee a Rome par le legat Holstenius de Mantoue, 21 octobre " ; the list is found in Arch. Vatican, Miscell, I, 19, c. Gilbert's connection with the Queen of Sweden is 1 Ibid. Bildt, op. The writer encloses a letter from Christine to Mazarin in answer to one which he has handed the queen from the cardinal.
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In submitting to his superior the request of the queen of Sweden that she may see their majesties, he adds that she desires to see him Mazarin a half day before. This letter leaves no doubt of the fact that Gilbert occupied the office of secretary to the queen when she landed in France the last of July, He doubtless came to Paris with the queen, presented his sonnet as part of the ceremonie of her welcome to the city, and remained in France with her that summer.
The queen took leave of the court, which was then at Compiegne, the twenty-third of September 2. After visiting Ninon de Lenclos, she started back to Italy, crossed the Mt. Cenis, October 13, and arrived in Turin the sixteenth 3. In November, the queen is in Pesaro, where she lingers through the winter and until the following June " k cause de la peste a Rome" 4. It was at Pesaro that the queen enchanted Azzolino's agent, Lescaris, by reading a French comedy which related the love of Diane and Endimion 5. We might presume that Gilbert remained in Paris, as "Resident", were it not for a letter from the queen to her Swedish friend, the Countess Ebba Sparre.
In this letter, which invites the countess to come to Pesaro, is enclosed a madrigal by Gilbert 6. From this it may 1 Archwes des Affaires Etrangeres, F. BiLDT, op. Arckenholtz, op.
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Pesaro is not far from Fano, the scene of le Coiiriisan Parfait. The former city con- tinued to be the residence of the queen until midsummer, when she began to turn her steps toward France again.
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She pauses in Lyons on her way to Paris and makes every effort to remove the suspicion attached to her movements and to receive an invitation to Paris. In October she is permitted to come as far as Fontainebleau.
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Here the assassination of Monaldeschi occurred the tenth of November, 1. It seems likely that Gilbert was sent back to France on some diplomatic mission in the spring of On the 28 th of May, , the privilege of les Amours de Diane el d'Endimion was granted, and upon the same day that of Chresphonle 2. The poet is named in the privilege with his title of Resident, and the queen is referred to as noire chere sceiir.
It may be at this period that the secretary went to England, if indeed he ever did go, and this mission may be the journey which provided Menage with the material for his story about Gilbert's fear of the Channel trip. Menage says : "Les Poetes Gilbert vouloit aller en Angleterre voir M. II fut un mois k Calais, ne trouvant jamais la Mer assez calme pour hazarder le trajet. Tons les soirs il comptoit avec son bote, mais, des qu'il etoit pret a s'embarquer la crainte le prenoit, et il s'en re- tournoit a I'Auberge" 3. There might be presumed a connection between this story and the incident related by Arckenholtz, on the authority of another.
VI, below. Ill, 88, II, Monaldeschi is meant as the genlilhomme, doubtless, under the " Madalschi" of Leti, as Arckenholtz explains in a note. This incident may be referred to the year It must have occurred before November, the date of the death of Monaldeschi.
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There is no evidence that the person called the Secretaire was Gilbert, nor that the journey is the one alluded to by Menage, but there is a possibility of such identity. A mission for the queen would have explained Gilbert's absence from his royal mistress, his presence in Paris permitting the business of securing the privileges of the dramatic works he brought with him, finding his publisher, and taking a journey to England, Meanwhile evidence of his interest in poetry and especially in the group of players with whom he must have been on intimate terms is seen in the two contributions from Gilbert to the vers liminaires which accompany La Muse naissante du Petit Beauchasteau.
This is a slender volume of verse by the gifted young son of the actor and actress, Frederic and Madeleine de Beauchasteau 2 , published by Sercy and de Luyne in Gilbert introduces the young author in a quatrain which appears below the frontispiece of Apollo touching his lyre. An epigramme by Gilbert in which the father is complimented, as well as the son, is the seventh among the vers liminaires. La Muse naissante returns the compliment with an epigram on Gilbert's Endimion 3.
What one would most wish to know about Gilbert during the year is how much knowledge he had of the assassination of Monaldeschi. Had he witnessed the atrocity or had knowledge of it from any persons 1 Loc. Chappuzeau, Le Theatre Jrangais, Lyon, , pp. LIFE 19 concerned in the act, would it have been possible for him to refrain from using the material thus offered for tragedy? It may be a question whether the original of Felismant in le Courtisan parfait was not Monaldeschi 1.
A pendant to this piece in which the tragic end of the favorite was set forth would have given Gilbert fame to a degree now denied him. In spite of Christine's frequently expressed desire to come to Paris and her prayers to Mazarin to intercede for this privilege, the coveted " invitation " did not come until February 2. The queen was in the city from the twenty-fourth of that month until March 18 3.
junaidgroup.com/wp-includes/3874.php A few days after her arrival Loret notes the fact of the queen's pleasure in the presentation of les Amours de Diane ei d'En- dimion 4. Christine sailed from Toulon, disembarked at Leghorn, and reached Rome the fifteenth of May. Was Gilbert with her? The question can be answered only by inference. Christine's avowed motive for the trip into northern Europe was business in regard to her income from Sweden, which had not been paid her.
Although she was suspected of deeper motives of a political nature, the collection of revenues from Sweden must have been a true reason, if not the most important one, for the visit. In this connection the ode by Gilbert to the King of Sweden, which is included in les Poesies diverses, and which is there dated , is an interesting contribution. The tribute from the Resident may have been part of a campaign planned by the queen. Possibly Gilbert was sent to Sweden with his ode and requests from his royal mistress, for another was left in Paris : " Elle laissait pour la representer k Paris, le due de Cas- telnuovo, promu grand ecuyer a la place de Monal- 1 Cf.
At any rate we have no record of literary- activity on Gilbert's part during the year , save for the ode to the Swedish monarch.
It might be presumed that the poet had left the employ of Christine, but for the titles still accorded him in the privilege and displayed upon the title-page of the piece published during the last month of , Arie ei Peiiis 2 , and his designation as Christine's agent in Loret's notice of this tragedy 3. The ode to Mazarin was published the same year 4. It was republished under the date of 5 , also. In the same year, , Gilbert published his ode to the king 6. The year saw Christine taking the long-contem- plated journey to Sweden for the purpose of securing the income due her.
She remained in Sweden nearly two years. It is evident that Gilbert did not accompany the queen upon this journey. The years and are marked by literary activity on the part of the secretary. The seventh of the month of May, , was the occasion of Gilbert's endeavor to defend the outraged Precieuses.
Perhaps at the solicitation of one of the ladies whose feelings were so deeply offended by Moliere's satire, Gilbert wrote la Vraye ei fausse pre- iieuses, which had its premiere at the Petit Bourbon on the date indicated above. It was bought and paid for 7 after the third presentation of three consecutive nights, but had only nine presentations. Registre de Lagrange, under date of , May 7 ; also, below, chap.
LIFE 21 during that month and September. On Saturday, the fourth of September, Gilbert was honored by having this piece performed before the king 1. The following year Gilbert produced a new piece for Moliere's company called le Tyran d'Egypie 2. This appeared in Feb- ruary, was played upon Mardi Gras, and several times during the month of its introduction and the following month. After two perform- ances of the double bill thus arranged, Hiion was substituted for le Tyran 4. Through the month of July, Gilbert's Huon de Bordeaux was seen by the crowded houses which were attracted by Moliere's new comedy.