By James William Johnson
Of the glittering, licentious courtroom round King Charles II, John Wilmot the second one Earl of Rochester was once the main infamous. at the same time popular and vilified, he personified the rake-hell. Libertine, profane, promiscuous, he stunned his pious contemporaries along with his doubts approximately faith and his blunt verses that handled intercourse or vicious satiric attacks at the excessive and strong of the courtroom. This account of Rochester and his instances presents the proof at the back of his mythical recognition as a rake and his deathbed repentance. notwithstanding, it additionally demonstrates that he was once a loving if untrue husband, a loyal father, a devoted pal, a major pupil, a social critic, and an aspiring patriot.
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Dr. Balfour’s interest in the relics of Catholic France was genuine and constant throughout the tour with Rochester. 13 A trip to St. Cloud, “A House belonging to the present Duke of Orleans,” permitted Rochester to present himself formally and kiss the hand of Madame the Duchess. 14 She had been escorted to France by the Duke of Buckingham in 1661 to make a royal marriage intended to strengthen diplomatic ties between Charles and his cousin, the French monarch. Her husband, Monsieur the Duke of Orleans, a bisexual transvestite, was the brother of Louis XIV.
9 The many libraries and booksellers in Paris helped Balfour begin his campaign to seduce his pupil back to books and reading. The King’s Library and bookstalls on the Rue St. Jacques and the new bridge behind Notre Dame were places to browse and purchase. New books were to be found at the Palace Gate, “French Books, as Romances, &c” at the Place de Sorbonne, and old books of all sorts at Mont. St. qxd 9/20/04 42 1:19 PM Page 42 A Profane Wit Balfour had a number of contacts in Paris, many of them Catholic.
And was exactly versed in the incomparable Authors that write about Augustus’ s time. . ”29 Apparently, unlike Westminster School, Burford did not teach Greek. 30 The Augustan authors studied would have included Virgil, Livy, Horace, Ovid, Tibullus, and Propertius. Rochester’s schoolboy exercises introduced him to ways of translating, paraphrasing, metaphrasing, and parody that he later used as a poet. Some of his extant writings are English versions of the Augustans he might have studied at Burford.
A Profane Wit : The Life of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester by James William Johnson