François Dominique de Reynaud Comte de Montlosier
175 years ago, 9th of December 1838 François Dominique de Reynaud Comte de Montlosier had died, a politician, publicist and a historian; elected by the Auvergne nobility as a deputy to the Estates- General in 1789, and then a member of the National Constituent Assembly, associated with the Impartial Club (Club des Impartiaux), theorising the 1791 constitution as a “royal democracy”; due to the radicalisation of revolution he becomes a counterrevolutionary and emigrates to Coblenz and subsequently London, where he edits „Le Courrier de Londres”; in 1800 makes use of the amnesty and returns to France, supporting Bonaparte as a Consul, but – as a royalist – opposing the empire; from 1804 a “ moderate Ultras” and an ecclesiological gallican and an enemy of the Jesuits; after the July Revolution he joins the Orléanist usurpacy and becomes a Peer of France; in his interpretation of the history of the French monarchy a preacher of a neo-feudal” thesis of the gradual degradation of the ancient constitution, as a result of the progressive Capetian “usurpation” of complete power by the king at the expense of the aristocracy.
prof. Jacek Bartyzel
translated by Arek Jakubczyk
Kategoria: Reactionary Diary