François de Chateaubriand

Mémoires d’Outre-Tombe: Index Q


Quarterly Review

A review journal started by John Murray, the celebrated London publisher, in March 1809 (though it bore a title page date of February), in rivalry with the Edinburgh Review, which he judged, an evil influence on public opinion; in this enterprise he was seconded by George Canning, Robert Southey, and Walter Scott.

BkXXI:Chap7:Sec1 Mentioned.


The Battle of Quatre Bras was fought between contingents of the Anglo-Dutch army and the left wing of the French Army on June 16, 1815, near the crossroads of Quatre Bras, near Ligny, in Belgium. The result was a tactical victory for the Anglo-Dutch army, but a strategic failure as Ney successfully prevented the Prussians being relieved at Ligny.

BkXXIII:Chap17:Sec1 BkXXIII:Chap18:Sec1 Mentioned.

Quatt for Katte, Hans Hermann von

1704-1730. He was a close friend of Frederick II of Prussia who was executed by Frederick’s father Frederick William I of Prussia when they plotted to escape from Prussia to Great Britain. They were rumoured to be lovers.

BkXXVI:Chap2:Sec1 Mentioned.


The city and port in Eastern Canada, capital of Quebec Province, it was first settled in 1608 and is strategically located above the St Lawrence River. It was the key to New France until captured by Britain. The Plains of Abraham lie to the south-west.

BkVII:Chap5:Sec1 The sachem of the Onondagas present at the Siege in 1759, when Quebec fell to the British.

Québriac, Bénigne-Jeanne de Chateaubriand, Comtesse de, see Chateaubourg, Comtesse de la Celle de

One of Chateaubriand’s three sisters.

BkII:Chap3:Sec3 Her marriage to the Comte de Québriac.

BkII:Chap7:Sec5 Settled in Fougères with her husband.

Québriac, Jean-François-Xavier, Comte de

1742-1783. Brother-in-law of Chateaubriand. Married Bénigne-Jeanne de Chateaubriand 11th January 1780.

BkII:Chap3:Sec3 His marriage.

BkIV:Chap4:Sec1 He left Bénigne a widow.

Quecq, Jacques-Édouard

1796-1873. French painter.

BkXXIX:Chap6:Sec1 Mentioned.

Queensbury, William Douglas, 3rd Earl March, 4th Duke of

1725-1810. Known as ‘Old Q’, he was a noted Regency rake, and gambler.

BkXII:Chap5:Sec1 He lived at Richmond when it was a fashionable suburb. Queensbury Villa is long gone, but it was here he stood in his ballroom that looked out on the river and said, ‘What is there to make so much fuss of in the Thames? There it goes – flow, flow, flow, always the same. I am weary of it.’

Quélen, Monsignor Hyacinthe-Louis de

1778-1839. Archbishop of Paris from 1821 to his death, he was made a Peer and a Count in 1822, but his Legitimist convictions denied him the customary Cardinals’ hat.

BkXXXV:Chap1:Sec1 He writes to Chateaubriand in April 1832.

Quiberon, The Landing

On the 17th of June 1795, six thousand five hundred emigrants landed in Brittany. The English supplied the logistics as well as a small army of seventeen thousand men on three warships, ten frigates and about ten other vessels. Among the émigrés were nobles, republican prisoners, and prelates including the bishop of Dol, Monseigneur Hercé. The landing was commanded by the Count of Puissaye and the Count of Hervilly, and led by the Vicomte de Sombreuil. Their antagonism was one of the sources of the defeat that was to follow. The Convention had intelligence of the project: the result was that General Hoche with thirteen thousand men forced the royalists to retreat to the Quiberon peninsula, and encircled them. On the 16th of July, the Royalist army tried to escape but found itself under fire. Hoche went on the offensive and decimated the rebels. The survivors were obliged to capitulate, since they were unable to get back to the ships due to the heavy swell. The remaining emigrants in the Fort of Penthièvre, under the crossfire of the French and the English, decided to surrender to Hoche on the beach at Haliguen. Those nobles not killed in the battle were executed by firing squad at Auray and Vannes. In the place known as Toulbahadeu, near the marsh of Kerzo, stands a chapel in memory of the 953 emigrants and Chouans who were shot.

BkI:Chap5:Sec1 Gesril’s involvement.

BkII:Chap1:Sec1 The Mgr. and Abbé de Hercé both shot there, on the Field of Martyrdom.

BkXI:Chap2:Sec1 Christian de Lamoignon wounded there.

BkXXII:Chap 24:Sec1 Soult built the memorial there.

BkXXIII:Chap9:Sec1 Monsieur de Lévis wounded there.


The city in Brittany, its name ‘Quimper’ comes from the Breton kemper, which means confluent, because the city was built on the confluence of the Steir, the Odet and the Jet rivers. The city was first named Quimper-Corentin (Saint Corentin was its first bishop), then renamed Montagne sur Odet during the French Revolution and is now just Quimper. It is also known as the capital of the Cornouaille.

BkV:Chap2:Sec 2 Mentioned.

Quinette, Nicolas-Marie, Baron

1762-1821. A regicide, he was a Minister under the Directory, and a Prefect under Napoleon who made him Baron de Rochemont. He was exiled as a regicide, and followed Joseph Bonaparte to the United States, then returned to Brussels where he died.

BkXXIII:Chap18:Sec2 A member of the executive committee.


A kind of tournament in which commoners who had married during the year tilted on horseback at a dummy originally named after a Turk called Quintaine.

BkII:Chap2:Sec1 Mentioned. (See Du Cange)

Quintal, Michel

French sailor, shot with Armand de Chateaubriand in 1809, aged thirty-five. He was one of the crew of the boat that took Armand to France.

BkXVIII:Chap7:Sec1 Mentioned.

Quotidienne, La

A Paris journal, and the principal ultra newspaper, ‘La Quotidienne’ edited by Michaud (for which he had been imprisoned during the Revolution) supported the Martignac Ministry until it issued the decrees of 16 June, 1828, against the Jesuits, and the petits séminaires.

BkXXX:Chap5:Sec1 BkXXXV:Chap26:Sec1 Mentioned.