peace, to which he had (o power- fully contributed. Neverthelelis, the people made loud complaints or’ the abfence of the king and the court ; and the malecontents gave realon to apprehend a new infurrefticn ; the queen and Mazarin were afraid to face f0 many enemies. Condé en- couraged them, and brought them to Paris, amidPt the acclumations and bleflings of the public.

The important fervice which Condé had jufl done the court, en- titled him to the acknowledgments of the queen, and eipccially of Ma- zarin; but the dark foul of that cardinal only remembered it to pu- nilh a too fortunate and too power- ful protetftor; he privately {wore his deltruciion, at leail that he fliould give the whole kingdom a pattern of fubmillion and depend- ence ou his will. However, not to excite the public indignation, he ilill kept up appearances with the prince, while he ftcretly fpread about him difgufls, fufpicions, fnares of every kind, and the moll heinous calumnies. Our author finely de- fcribes the intrigues, tricks, arti- fices, and flrokes of malice, which dillinguillted the politics of lVlaza- yin, in order to crufh all parties one after the other, to dellroy the prince, and to re-eflablifh his own authority on the ruins of all the fafiions.

The ungrateful minifier deceived the prince, by making him the moFt flattering propofals, and the mofl: alluring promifes, which afterwards he always found means to avoid the fulfillingn-JFhe enraged prince de- {pifed the minifler, and treated him with difdain. After this, they were reconciled again, only to be again at variance. Each of them, in turn,

courted the country party, in order

to make it fubfcrvient to their de- figns. Mazarin, llill cunning and deceitful, that he might render the prince and that party irreconcil- able, thought of an expedient which anfitered his purpole too well. There was among the malecontents a Marquisde la Boulaie, a man of an infamous charaéter, who had obtained the confidence of the party, by fallie appearances of hatred to the Cardinal, but who fecretly kept up a corrcfpondence with him. It is pretended, that he made him an oflier of killing Condé, without its being known who gave the blow. Mazarin was charmed with this pro- pofal; but, lays our author, he only required Boulaie to exhibit all the proofs of an aiTailination, and to aft in fuch a manner that hvery thing might concur to render the country party fufpefted of that crime. He was puncitualiy obeyed; the coach was llopped ; fome pifiols were fired at it, by which two of the footmen were dangeroufly wounded; and, after that fhameful exploit, la Boulaie tool; refuge in the hotel of the duke of Beaufort, who was the hero of the party, in Order, no dcubt, to countenance the prince’s fufpicion of the male- contents. Luckily, Conde was not in his coach when it was flopped,- the cardinal had fpread the report of the projeftrd affaiiination ; and, in concert with the queen and the prince, he had prevailed to have the coach fent empty, to prove the reality of the attempt. Mazarin countt-rfeited a zeal for the prince’s life ; he furioufly declaimed againfl: the rnalecontents, who, he pretend- ed, had made an attempt on a lite fo precious to the liate;pand he in- flamed Condé’s refcntment againfi the duke of Beaufort, and the