from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In French history, the name of a party which during the minority of Louis XIV. waged civil war against the court party, on account of the humiliations inflicted on the high nobility and the heavy fiscal impositions laid on the people.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (F. Hist.) A political party in France, during the minority of Louis XIV., who opposed the government, and made war upon the court party.


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  • German aristocracy who refuse to go to court, and are accordingly called by the name Fronde, first given to the opponents of Cardinal

    William of Germany

  • That part of the German aristocracy who refuse to go to court, and are accordingly called by the name Fronde, first given to the opponents of Cardinal Mazarin, in the reign of Louis XIV, consist chiefly of a few old families of Prussian Poland,

    William of Germany

  • By then at the end of his active career as a lover, intriguer at the court of the regency of Louis XIV, and soldier who had thrice chosen the wrong side in the civil wars known as the Fronde, La Rochefoucauld clearly exceeded all others at this game.

    Puncturing Our Pretensions

  • Court society in Berlin includes the German "higher" and "lower" nobility, with the exception of the so-called Fronde, who proudly absent themselves from it; the Ministers; the diplomatic corps; Court officials; and such members of the burghertum, or middle class, as hold offices which entitle them to attend court.

    William of Germany

  • This popularity brought upon him the hostility of Mazarin, especially as in 1649 he threw himself into the movement of the so-called Fronde against this minister.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • This was the origin of the party called the Fronde, because the speakers launched their speeches at one another as boys fling stones from a sling (fronde) in the streets.

    Stray Pearls

  • They, with the sanguine dreams of youth, hoped that the Fronde was the beginning of a better state of things, when all offices should be obtained by merit, never bought and sold, and many of them were inventions of the Court for the express purpose of sale.

    Stray Pearls

  • It may thus be judged whether, as some writers have asserted without the slightest knowledge of the facts, the Fronde was a great and generous cause which failed of obtaining success.

    Political Women, Vol. 2 (of 2)

  • The Fronde was the last campaign of the aristocracy.

    History of the French Revolution from 1789 to 1814

  • Mazarin's numerous nieces, and the opera, that new importation from Italy, which the Cardinal was bringing into fashion; while in the remote past of half a dozen years back the Fronde was the only interesting subject, and even that was worn threadbare; the adventures of the Duchess, the conduct of the Prince in prison, the intrigues of Cardinal and Queen, Mademoiselle, yellow-haired Beaufort, duels of five against five -- all -- all these were ancient history as compared with young Louis and his passion for Marie de

    London Pride Or When the World Was Younger


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