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Philippe de Mornay, Lord des Bauves

Birthdate: (26)
Birthplace: Antwerp, Antwerp, Flanders, Belgium
Death: October 23, 1605 (26) (Died in battle, by musket shot in the chest)
Immediate Family:

Son of Philippe de Mornay, Sieur du Plessis-Marly and Charlotte d'Arbaleste, Dame de La Borde
Brother of Marthe du Mornay; Elizabeth du Mornay; Maurice du Mornay; Anne de Mornay; Twin sons stillborn du Mornay and 2 others
Half brother of Susanne de Pas

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About Philippe de Mornay, seigneur de Boves

Philip was never married. The memoirs were written for him " So that you may not be without a guide " in his mother's words, and it is fitting that his death should close these introductory pages. A tiny book of consolation for the young man's death written by his father has survived. Like many of du Plessis' writings it was translated into English, under the title of " The Lord of Plessis, his teares," and the quaint and carefully balanced sentences of the panegyric can be read in contemporary language. Philip Morney, Philip's sonne, making an enterprise under the Grave Maurice upon the Citty of Gueldre, having broken open the first and second gate, and bending all his power and endeavour against the laste, with a musket shot was struck through the brest, and fell; leaving behind him the reward of his virtues, included in the world's general lamentation for him, as he had possessed it with honourable hopes of him. Hee was born at Antwerp in his father's Embassage, 1579 the 20 day of Julie : and was made immortall, 1605, the 23 day of October. . . .

Grace Hirselfe was the grace women, the midwife that received him from his mother, and attended his first hour of birth : so did Pietie his infancy, Learning his childhood, Vertue his youth, Honestie his fuller growth and firmer age. And yet so kinde was this contention of the corporall and mentall virtues, being all enranged and enrooted in him, that neither did his strength make him decline unto pride, his good shape unto loosenesse, his learning to vanitie, his valour to cruelty, or his love of uprightnesse unto any sowrenesse of manners : his towardnesse so happily prevented his education ; his fruit stept in before his flower, and true gravitie took place in his heart, ere any little downe had spred itself on his face." The book, for all its formal language, breathes a real agony of sorrow, and the little that is known of the younger Philip justifies the deep grief of his parents. His death was the last trouble his mother had to bear for she did not long survive him. At least she must have felt that he had not been unworthy of her hero, his father, although he did not live " to finish that which I have begun to write concerning our lives ".


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Philippe de Mornay, seigneur de Boves's Timeline

July 20, 1579
Antwerp, Antwerp, Flanders, Belgium
October 23, 1605
Age 26