Esteemed Readers, since now on I will post some pretty news from ‘La Gazette’, the ancient French newspaper established by Cardinal de Richelieu. I will cover the period 1631-1715 to keep my seventh-century line. I will leave the geographical names as they are as the old French is intricated & I cannot always comprehend the final location. You could make a try with a modern GPS! 🙂 ‘Gazette’ style is drier & contains the essential information about the current affairs of that time, however they as amazing as curiosité of ‘Mercure Galant’. I hope that you will enjoy them!
1631 – I will allow myself to remind you that it was the period of the Thirty Years’Thirty War, so the news reflect all what was important on this topic. Europe was already exhausted with the war & each state was longing for the peace treaty.
Constantinople April 2, 1631: “The King of Persia with fifteen thousand horses & fifty thousand foot men besieged Dilli, a town located two days away from Babylon: where the Great Sovereign commanded to all his Janizary to submit on pain of death. Together with this entertainment he went on his struggle against tobacco consumers who made him suffocate from smoke.”
Rome, April 26, 1631: “His Holiness has finally received the proved articles & conditions of the peace treaty so long-expected in Italy. In Madrid there was a fire that damaged seriously the Earl Olivarez’s mansion & the Royal Palace. His Catholic Majesty appointed Marquis d’Ayton as the Naval Inspector General at the shores of Flanders and told Don Ferdinand Contieras to leave the fleet of Vestinde hastily. The Clergy contributed two hundred twenty five thousand escus to Portugal to support the current state of affairs.”
Venice, May 2, 1631: “The Spaniards are utterly displeased & insulted with the Duchy of Milan because Savoie passages are guarded by the Swiss & they say that los Grandez (the Spanish nobility) promise to gather another 40 000 men if the war continues. For its part the Frenchmen object that they won’t give back what they have without the proper execution of the treaty on the part of others.”
Vive le Roy! 🙂