3 Hélène Duccini, FaireVoir, Faire Croire (Paris, 2003), pp. 10–14.
4 Fontenay-Mareuil, François Du Val, marquis de, Mémoires du Messire Du Val, ed. Louis
Monmerqué, 2 vols. (Paris, 1826), I, 525. “… cest homme sy grand et sy puissant se trouva
neanmoins tellement abandonné et mesprisé, tant dans sa maladie qu’après sa mort, que
pendant deux jours qu’il fust à l’agonie, à peine y avoit-il un de ses gens qui voulust demeurer
dans sa chambre, les portes en estant tousjours ouvertes, et y entrant qui vouloit, comme sy
c’eust esté le moindre des hommes; et quand on
Conclusion: ‘Shared experiences
In our Introduction we note how Lynda Van Devanter positions her
memoir between the past, those women who nursed and suffered injury
in previous wars, and a future that will acknowledge the invisible psychological wounds which she and others suffer. In doing so her purpose is
to highlight the relationship between telling her story and her own emotional recovery and survival. Moreover, in placing her memoir in the context of other accounts – those who came before and those who will come
after – she illustrates how
legacy of Louis XIV, itself far from moribund. A small but determined circle
of the regent’s advisers, who still believed in absolute government, fortiﬁed the
regent’s inclination to defend it. Personalities, character and ideas made the
diﬀerence in 1718, turning back the Parlement’s eﬀorts to reassert constitutionalist ideas and to restore them to registration procedure, depriving it even
of that ‘victory in defeat’ with which it emerged from the Fronde.31
11 Frédéric d’Agay, ‘Argenson’, in Bluche, Grand Dictionnaire, pp. 102–103; SaintSimon, Mémoires, XXXIII
by Dent suggest that night duty was filled with moments of spiritual
truth. For most nurses, its reality probably had much to do with cups
of cocoa, the carrying of bedpans and vomit bowls, and the regular
medicine-round. But Dent may have been speaking for her generation when she infused such meaning into her work. And the motif she
used was one that her generation would have recognised.
An anonymous American writer, who entitled her memoir of the
war Mademoiselle Miss, wrote of her ‘unique and inexpressible life’
in a French Red Cross hospital.12 At
as an issue, these writers seem more
reticent about revealing their own emotional pain than medical personnel from the war in Vietnam. This leads to a visible tension between the
awareness of traumatic response in these works and the unwillingness at
the individual level to explore it in the depth we have seen in memoirs
by Hassan and Parrish, for example, in Chapter 6, or by Vietnam nurses
discussed in Chapter 5.
Heidi Kraft, a psychologist based at a combat support hospital in Iraq,
in her memoir Rule Number Two, points to the comparisons between
this war and
Italy in the Reign of Carlos II (1665–1700) (Part I)’, War in History, 4 (1997), 371–97, and
‘Part II’, 5 (1998), 1–22; Henry Kamen, The War of Succession in Spain 1700–15 (London,
1969), pp. 25–33; Cénat, Le Roi stratège, p. 243.
26 Cénat, Le Roi stratège, p. 227; Symcox, Victor Amadeus II, pp. 138–42.
27 Rodger, Command of the Ocean, pp. 165, 166; Rowlands, Financial Decline of a Great
Power, pp. 21–2.
28 Lynn, Giant of the Grand Siècle, pp. 25, 235, 238; Rowlands, Financial Decline of a Great
Power, pp. 23–4.
29 Mémoires militaire relatifs à la
Liberated Africans at Sierra Leone in the early era of slave-trade suppression
Harrison Rankin, White Man’s Grave , ii., p.
Leo Spitzer, The Creoles of Sierra Leone: Responses
to Colonialism 1870–1945 (Madison, WI:
University of Wisconsin Press, 1974), p. 11; W. A. B. Johnson,
of W.A.B. Johnson, a
Harlay discourse); Hubert
Mailfait, Un magistrat de l’ancien régime. Omer Talon, sa vie et ses oeuvres, 1595–1652
(1902; reprint, Geneva, 1971), pp. 228–230; Omer Talon, Mémoires (Paris,
1836–1839), pp. 209–212. Molé’s statement is in AN, U (Le Nain) 28: 21 January
1648, f. 134rv.
Hanley, Lit de Justice, pp. 283–284, 291–293; Achille de Harlay, BN, Fonds fr., 7,548
(‘Établissement du Parlement de Paris’), ﬀ. 20v–21v; BN, Fonds fr., 7,217 (Procès
verbal de l’ordonnance du mois d’avril 1667), f. 200 (Lamoignon); Robin Briggs,
‘Richelieu and Reform. Rhetoric and Political
Huguenot journeys: constructing
Journeys of escape
Albert Vajda, the Hungarian humourist, came to Britain late in 1956 after the
failed uprising against Soviet domination of his homeland. In his memoir,
Vajda presents an ironic and idealised vision of refugee arrival in Britain, following in the footsteps of George Mikes’s How to be an Alien. On the plane
journey he dreamt of being asked by the stewardess to lead his fellow refugees
off the plane where he was greeted by Sir Anthony Eden, the Prime Minister,
the Chancellor of the Exchequer (‘He
Forgetting Korea: The Korean War
in popular memory, 1953–2014
Former national service conscript Ronald Larby wrote in his self-
published memoir that after the war:
Everything and everybody connected with … Korea just simply sank out of
sight. Years went by during which time I never met anyone who had served
in Korea. There were no books in the library and no films about Korea. There
was nothing. It was as though it –the Korean War –had never happened.
A truly forgotten war.1
Popular history has an abundant supply of books claiming to recover