‘the garrifon of which,


in the heart of the low countries; and notwithllanding the confidera- ble difficulties which he had to fur- monnt, or to avoid, in order to ar- rive at Ypres, and to inveft it in fpite of the archduke, who was at ltand to relieve it, he befieged that important place, and took it in fight of all the enemy’s forces.

Notwithflanding this fuccefs, Condé faw himfelf at the point of experiencing the greateft reverfe of fortune. His army was a prey to ftarcity, to contagious difiempers, to nakeclnefs, and to defertion. For eight months it received no {upplies from the tniniller, but halfa muf- ter. But the prince himfelf fup- plied every thing; he lavifhed his money, and he borrowed more, to preferve his troops, When it was xeprefented to him that he was in danger of ruining himfelf by fuch an enormous expence, he replied, that lince he every day ventured his life for the fervice of his " country, he could very well fa- crifice his fortune to it; let but " the government exifi,” added he, and I {hall want nothing.”

The French army having been reinforced by 4000 of the troops of Weimar, Condé attacked the Spa- niards advantageouily encamped near Lens, and gained a complete vklory over them, which difabled them from attempting any thing more, and even from fupporting themfelves.

Afterwards, he befieged Furmes, 500 men, {urrendered themfelves prifoners of war. But the prince was wounded there in the trenches, by a mufltet- {hot above the right hip, and the contnlion that he received was f0 great, that it was neceITary to have racourfe to confiderable incifions.



The court, animated by the vic- tory of Lens, thought that it was now time to execute its vengeance againll the faclion ; and according- ly imprifoned Broullel and Blanc- menil, two of the principal leaders of the country party. It was mif- talten: this vigorous proceeding, on the contrary, occafioned a general revolt. All Paris, 200,000 men, took arms, barricaded the flreets, invefied the Palais-Royal, and de- manded the Prifoners: it was ne- ceffary to releafe them ; but from that time, the regal authority was annihilated; the queen was expofed to a thoufand infults, and Mazarin dared no longer to venture out of the Palnis-Royal, fearing to meet with the fame fate as his country- man the marlhal d’Aocre. In this embarraffment the queen recalled the prince of Condé, as the only one from whom {he could hope for fome fupport. He went to Ruel, whither the regent had retired with the young king and Mazarin. Anne of Aufiria propofed to him the re- ducing Paris by force of arms ; but he calmed the refentment of that princefs, and inllead of being ac- ceffary to her vengeance‘, he direfted all his views to pacify the kingdom, and he brought about an accommo-_ dation between the parties, who defircd it with equal ardor. But new incidents foon rekindled the combufiion. The treachery of Ma- zarin, and the artifices of the lead- ers of the country party, occalioned new cabals, and frefh troubles, Condé, hitherto impartial, and un-_ determined as to what party he fhould take, lifiened by turns to the propofals of the court and of the country; but at length, prevailed on by his favourite, the duke of Chatillon, by the tears of the queen,