French Royalism Since 1870 by Samuel M. Osgood

By Samuel M. Osgood

"Let them come ahead, they're thirsty for the sight of a King," stated Henri IV to his followerswho have been attempting to thrust back the curious crowds as he entered Paris in February, 1594. it's might be to be regretted that seven kings (to say not anything of 2 emperors) have on account that greater than quenched the French's flavor for royalty, simply because they've got lengthy been short of - and periodically have sought - an emblem of nationwide solidarity. Modem-day France has had way over her percentage of revolutions, counterrevolutions, uprisings, days, coups, affairs, crises, scandals - and structure drafting. whereas it'd be an over­ simplification to interpret this endemic strife as a seesaw clash among well-integrated blocs with the ideology of the good Revolution because the dividing factor, the actual fact is still that considering 1789 political divisions and quarrels arnong Frenchmen were deep, sour, and primary. After 1870, a Republic can have been the only resolution which divided Frenchmen the least (to borrow an expression from Monsieur Thiers) ; yet like several and all the previous choices it was once to incur the relentless, irreconcilable competition of significant segments of the inhabitants. This learn bargains with these participants and organ­ izations which persevered to suggest, and sought to lead to a go back to the monarchy lower than the 3rd and Fourth Republics.

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As was stated above, he was a model of discretion during the negotiations of 1871-73. Indeed, the reconciliation of Frohsdorf can be credited to his initiative. s At the time of Chambord's death, he was a handsome man of forty-five living an exemplary private life with his wife, the somewhat forbidding Isabelle d'OrleansMontpensier. s Many had expected Chambord's death to be followed by a swelling monarchist tide which would carry Philippe VII to the throne. When the tide proved to be a mere trickle, the royalists proceeded to a more realistic estimate of their prospects.

S Many had expected Chambord's death to be followed by a swelling monarchist tide which would carry Philippe VII to the throne. When the tide proved to be a mere trickle, the royalists proceeded to a more realistic estimate of their prospects. The situation was far from bright. The party's declining parliamentary fortunes had reached a new low at the general elections of 1881, when the nation returned a Chamber of Deputies composed of 475 Republicans and only 90 Conservatives (of whom 45 were Bonapartists).

The pressure of a hostile public opinion certainly tempered the enthusiasm of many a royalist deputy for the restoration. Moreover, for all its anachronism, the majority (the chevau-legers excepted) closely reflected the country's fear of personal rule and its longing for parliamentary government. The memories of the Second Empire were still vivid! The story is told of a Legitimist deputy who, when informed of Chambord's presence in Blois, refused to visit him because his electoral mandate made it necessary that he should maintain his independence.

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