For ten years, from 1812 onward, Gentz was in closest touch with all the great affairs of European history, the assistant, confidant, and adviser of Metternich.
A man of doubtful reputation, Alexander's confidant and favourite, he paid the pope a large sum for his elevation.
He recites how he had heard of the monarch's Christian profession, diligence in good works and piety, by manifold narrators and common report, but also more particularly from his (the pope's) physician and confidant (medicus et familiaris noster), Master Philip, who had received information from honourable persons of the monarch's kingdom, with whom he had intercourse in those (Eastern) parts.
Determined to make his way in this "new Promised Land," the young adventurer contrived to secure the protection of Kristoffer Gabel, the king's confidant, and in 1663 was appointed the royal librarian.
A series of his most defiant oppdnents had to go into banishment, Liberius of Rome, Hilarius of Poitiers and Hosius of Corduba, the last-named once the confidant of Constantine and the actual originator of the Ho y nousios, and now nearly a hundred years old.
At Rotterdam he was a confidant of political exiles, including Burnet and the famous earl of Peterborough, and he became known to William, prince of Orange.
Flight to Varennes, Monsieur also fled by a different route, and, in company with the comte d'Avaray ' - who subsequently replaced Mme de Balbi as his confidant, and largely influenced his policy during the emigration - succeeded in reaching Brussels, where he joined the comte d'Artois and proceeded to Coblenz, which now became the headquarters of the emigration.
Too much in awe of his father to make him a confidant, he wrestled in the gloomy solitude of his own mind.
Public opinion was against lant, the king, and the small army which his confidant De Vere raised under the royal banner was easily scattered by Gloucesters forces at the rout of Radcot Bridge (Dec. 20, 1387).
Pierre was one of those people who, in spite of an appearance of what is called weak character, do not seek a confidant in their troubles.
In 1810 and the :first half of 1811 Speranski was still in high favour, and was the confidant of the emperor in that secret diplomacy which preceded the breach of Russia with Napoleon.
With the young prince, the future king, Bute's intimacy was equally marked; he became his constant companion and confidant, and used his influence to inspire him with animosity against the Whigs and with the high notions of the sovereign's powers and duties found in Bolingbroke's Patriot King and Blackstone's Commentaries.