Antoine de Pas de Feuquières

Antoine de Pas, Marquis de Feuquières (16 April 1648 – 27 January 1711) was a French writer and soldier, who served in the wars of Louis XIV. He was the son of diplomat Isaac de Feuquières and grandson of Isaac Manasses de Pas, Marquis de Feuquieres.

Antoine de Pas, Marquis de Feuquières
Born(1648-04-16)16 April 1648
Paris, France
Died27 January 1711(1711-01-27) (aged 62)
Versailles, France
Allegiance Kingdom of France
Years of service1643–1694
RankLieutenant General
Battles/warsWar of Devolution
Franco-Dutch War
Nine Years' War
Battle of Landen 1693
War of the Spanish Succession
Blemheim 1704
Other workPair de France

LifeEdit

Antoine de Pas, Marquis de Feuquières (16 April 1648 – 27 January 1711) was the eldest son of Isaac de Pas, Marquis de Feuquières (1618-1688) and Louise de Gramont (1627-1666), daughter of Antoine, duc de Gramont and Marshall of France. His father was French Ambassador to Sweden from 1672 to 1682, then in Spain until his death in Madrid in 1688 but like his grandfather, Isaac Manasses de Pas, Antoine chose a military career.

Originally from the Pas-en-Artois, from which they took their name, the family estates were in Feuquières, part of the Oise department in Northern France.

He was conspicuous for his bravery in the army of Louis XIV, serving under Luxembourg, Turenne and Catinat.

He was involved in the Affair of the Poisons, when Adam Lesage alleged that he and his cousin François-Henri de Montmorency, duc de Luxembourg had asked Lesage to supply them with poison. He was examined in 1680 but no case was found against him: his military career was not impeded.

It was his action which determined the Battle of Neerwinden (1693), in which he was lieutenant-general.

His Mémoires de M. le Marquis de Feuquiere, lieutenant general des armées du roi: contenans les maximes sur la guerre, & l'application des exemples aux maximes ran to 42 editions between 1736 and 2014 and was translated into three languages. Completed just before his death in 1711, it was highly critical of Louis XIV and remained unpublished until 1736. Voltaire later used it as a source for his own work, "Siècle de Louis XIV".

ReferencesEdit

  • Anne Somerset - The Affair of the Poisons: Murder, Infanticide, and Satanism at the Court of Louis XIV (St. Martin's Press (October 12, 2003) ISBN 0-312-33017-0)