The Duke of Noailles: Noble superiority while risking life and limb during war

September 23, 2010


In the siege of Girona, in 1711, the Duke of Noailles who was the commanding general, went to inspect a battery of artillery. “Did you hear that music?” he asked the artillery officer, when a cannon ball from the enemy barely missed him.

“Oh I pay no attention to the shots flying in, only those flying out,” the officer replied.

Edmond Guérard, Dictionnaire encyclopédique d’anecdotes (Paris: Firmin Didot, 1872), Vol. II, p. 357. (Nobility.org translation.)

Short Stories on Honor, Chivalry, and the World of Nobility—no. 10

Click the cannon to watch the video of the cannon firing by Rama

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