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Descent of Henri V. from Clovis.

I. A Table of the Kings of France.

Order. Name. Accession.  Died.   Age.  Reign. Remarks.
The Merovingian House. A.D. A.D. Years. Years.
 1 Clovis, "The Hairy," King of the Salic Franks 481 511 45 30
 2 Childeric III., last of the race 741 756 19 11 Deposed in 752.
The Carlovingian House.
 3 Pépin "The Short," son of Charles Martel 752 768 16
 4 Charlemagne, the Great, Emperor of the West 768 814 72 46
 5 Louis V., "The Indolent," the last of the race 986 987 21  1
The Capetian House.
 6 Hugh Capet, "The Great" 987 996 54  9
 7 Louis IX., "St. Louis" 1226 1270 55 44
 8 Charles IV., "The Handsome" 1322 1328  6
The House of Valois.
 9 Philippe VI. de Valois, "The Fortunate" 1328 1350 22
10 Henri III., the last of the race 1574 1589 15
The House of Bourbon.
11 Henri IV., "the Great," King of Navarre 1589 1610 57 21
12 Louis XIII., "The Just" 1610 1643 42 33
13 Louis XIV. "The Great," Dieudonné 1643 1715 77 72
14 Louis XV., "The Well-Beloved" 1715 1774 64 59
15 Louis XVI. 1774 1793 19 Guillotined January 21, 1793.
16 Louis XVII. 1795 10 Died imprisoned in the Tower of the Temple (Paris), June 8, 1795
17 Louis XVIII. 1814 1824 69 10 Brother to Louis XVI.
18 Charles X. 1824 1836 80  6 Brother to Louis XVI.
19 HENRI V., Comte de Chambord Born September 29, 1820, now residing at Frohsdorff (Austria).

II. The Royal Family of France.

Henri V.

(Comte de Chambord, Due de Bordeaux).

The lawful King of France, born 29th September, 1820. H. R. H. the Comte de Chambord succeeded to the Throne as Henri V. on the abdication of his Royal grandfather, King Charles X., on 2nd August, 1840. His Royal Highness is without issue.


(Comte de Paris).

Heir-Expectant. His Royal Highness Louis, Comte de Paris, born 24th August, 1838, is the eldest son of Ferdinand Philippe, Duke d'Orléans (eldest son of King Louis-Philippe and Queen Marie-Ame'lie), by Helena, Princess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin; and has issue. His Royal Highness's eldest son and heir is Prince Louis- Philippe, Duke d'Orléans, a pupil at the College Stanislas (Paris). H. R. H. the Comte de Paris passed his youth in exile, and is a thorough master of Constitutional and Military science and of all the great social problems. His Royal Highness's intelligence, labours, and devotion fit him for the first place in the Royal House of France, after H. R. H. the Comte de Chambord. May the day be long distant ere H. R. H. the Comte de Paris can be King of France; but if ever His Royal Highness does wear the Crown, he will never disgrace the Throne, for few Frenchmen in the records of French History have been born with such mental gifts and such promising signs of a happy reign as the present Heir-Apparent to the French Crown.

Royal Princes and Princesses.

I. His Royal Highness Robert, Duke de Chartres, only brother to the Comte de Paris. His Royal Highness has issue; and His Royal Highness's eldest son and heir is Prince Henri d'Orléans, a pupil also at the College Stanislas. H. R. H. the Duke de Chartres (the present Colonel commanding the 12th Chasseurs a cheval, now stationed at Rouen) fought,—in spite of the unwillingness of the men of September 4th, 1870,—in the ranks of the French army, where his deeds of valour recalled to friends and strangers alike the legends of the chivalrous days of Robert the Brave, whose name he has proved himself worthy to bear.

2. His Royal Highness Charles, Duke de Nemours. H. R. H. the Duke de Nemours, King Louis-Philippe's second son, is the living portrait of Henri IV. This Prince is that brilliant officer of Constantine fame who refused to be the King of Belgium, whose traditions and whose memory are treasured by the body of Cavalry Officers in France.

3. His Royal Highness François, Prince de Joinville. H. R. H. the Prince de Joinville is the same naval officer who commanded (1837) the French warships in Mexico, and brought back Napoleon's body from St. Helena (on board the "Belle Poule," 1840). Admiral H. R. H. the Prince de Joinville, when the National Defence Committee refused him the right to fight for his country as a Volunteer, followed the Army of the Loire under the name of a foreign Officer. His Royal Highness was seen on the day of the battle of Orleans serving in a naval battery. Unknown personally to all, he was instinctively obeyed by all, both Officers and men. Happy then was he, because, while checking the enemy's march and protecting the retreat of the French Army, he brought his brave, though disguised, sword to the city of Joan of Arc. H. R. H. Prince de Joinville's son, the Duke de Penthievre, now serving in the French Navy, bids fair to show in his naval career the talents of his illustrious father.

4. His Royal Highness Henri, Duke d'Aumale, of Algerian fame, and a familiar face to Englishmen, wields the pen no less well than the sword. Lieutenant-General H. R. H. the Duke d'Aumale is the General in whom Officers in the French Army have found their true Commander-in-Chief. Both French and native troops in Algeria have seen His Royal Highness at work long enough and been gallantly led by him to the fire often enough, to trust in their soldier Prince.

5. His Royal Highness Antoine, Duke de Montpensier. H. R. H. the Duke de Montpensier is King Alfonso's (Spain) father-in-law. The late Queen Mercedes, His Majesty's first Royal Consort, was the youthful daughter of His Royal Highness.

6. His Royal Highness the Duke d'Alençon. H. R. H. the Duke d'Alençon has greatly distinguished himself as an Officer in the French Artillery.

Such is the brilliant Royal House of France, so called because it is the living personification of France, and because, having in the course of ages founded, with the nation's help, the unity of France, it now appears the last and only hope of Frenchmen, in the midst of their sorrows and their disasters. Let us bring it home to ourselves, although strangers only reading of the life of others; and may it go home to the mind of Frenchmen, that the safety of France is in the Monarchy, and that elsewhere people can find nought but ruin and calamity. But public dinners and bands of music, health-drinking and dancing should not be the end of the work of Monarchical Frenchmen. Rather may Frenchmen let these be the signal and the starting-point for a deeper union, a keener energy, a livelier hope, and even a firmer certainty of an early and rapid triumph. Surely of this triumph no Frenchman ought to doubt any longer, were Frenchmen to open their eyes to see that their best friends and true chiefs are an august legion of Princes, as noble-minded as high-born. In short, and the primary thing of all, an August Royal Family, headed by the lawful King of France.