Charles Maurras remembers being a royalist in his childhood, when French legitimists still hoped for a monarchic restoration in the form of Henri, Count of Chambord:
"For my part, I underwent other influences and was initially a supporter of Henri V. There is nothing clearer to me than the memory of the great wave of legitimism that passed over a great number of French families in the aftermath of the [Franco-Prussian] War. I am emphatically not talking about families of the aristocracy or the upper-middle class. I am talking about the people at large and those elements of the people with whom I came into contact: my nurse and her friends, many of whom were also "white", and "whiter" than their mistresses.
....Henri Dieudonné was coming to re-establish the principle of authority, from which flow the two forces of society: command and obedience. He was going to re-establish temporal order in conjunction with the order of God....
....How many times did I carve "V.H.V." ("Vive Henri V") into my school desk with my penknife, while the boy who sat next to me in the classroom wrote a poem to him, the first line of which I remember:
"What goodness is depicted in his face!""
(From Comment je suis devenu royaliste)