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ALEXIS GUIGNARD

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Originally appearing in Volume V24, Page 42 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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ALEXIS GUIGNARD, comte de Saint Priest (1805-1851), was the son of Armand de Saint Priest and Princess Galitzin. Educated in Russia, he returned to France with his father in 1822, and soon made his mark in literary circles. His most important works were Histoire de la royaute conside'ree dens ses origins jusqu'd la formation des principales monarchies de l'Europe (2 vols., 1842) ; Histoire de la chute des Jesuites (1844); Histoire de la conquete de Naples (4 vols.,1847-1848). He was elected to the Academy in January 1849. Meanwhile he had departed from the legitimist tradition of his family to become a warm friend to the Orleans monarchy, which he served between 1833 and 1838 as ambassador in Brazil, at Lisbon and at Copenhagen. He died, while on a visit to Moscow, on the 29th of September 1851.
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