A History of France, from the Conquest of Gaul by Julius Caesar to the Present Time: With Conversations at the End of Each Chapter

J. Murray, 1867 - 541 Seiten

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Seite 433 - Instantly he was cut down. A band of cruel ruffians and assassins, reeking with his blood, rushed into the chamber of the Queen, and pierced with a hundred strokes of bayonets and poniards the bed from whence this persecuted woman had but just time to fly almost naked, and, through ways unknown to the murderers, had escaped to seek refuge at the feet of a king and husband not secure of his own life for a moment.
Seite 436 - ... done to their majesties, the king, the queen, and the royal family, if they be not immediately placed in safety and set at liberty, they will inflict on those who shall deserve it the most exemplary and ever memorable avenging punishments, by giving up the city of Paris to military execution, and exposing it to total destruction ; and the rebels who shall be guilty of illegal resistance shall suffer the punishments which they shall have deserved.
Seite 509 - A small party of distinguished French emigrants were already staying on a visit in the house when Monsieur and his suite arrived ; and among those were the present King of France and his two brothers, the Due de Montpensier, and the Comte de Beaujolais.
Seite 248 - It would have been happy if, when he forgave the quarrels of the duke of Orleans, he could also have forgot his claims to the duchy of Milan. He would thus have avoided many difficulties, and been spared many mortifications. At first, indeed, no difficulties presented themselves.
Seite 477 - Napoleon would tolerate, was dispossessed of his kingdom, and the Dutch territories were incorporated with France. Now also Napoleon allied himself by marriage with the most ancient and illustrious house in Europe. He divorced the empress Josephine, to whom he had been married many years, and to whom he is supposed to have been sincerely attached, and was united to Maria Louisa archduchess of Austria, a daughter of the emperor Francis II. The marriage ceremony, in which the archduke Charles was Napoleon's...
Seite 365 - Our laundry is filled by the aged, the blind, the maimed, the halt, and infants. The infirmary is full of sick and wounded. We have torn up all our rags and linen clothing to dress their sores ; we have no more, and are now at our wits
Seite 450 - Mary. Ah ! mamma, you did right to warn us that it was a very sad history. Mrs. M. The poor, heartbroken mother never looked up after the loss of her son. She would sit wHo!e_ hours in silent despair, and her only consolation was to go to the leads of the tower; "because," says the princess, " my brother went there too from the other side.
Seite 323 - the true father of my people. I would much rather never have Paris, than possess it by the death and ruin of so many persons." This clemency saved the city. When it was at length reduced to the last distress, and incapable, it is said, of holding out more than four days longer, the duke of Parma, the greatest general of his age, arrived at the head of a considerable Spanish army, and obliged Henry to raise the siege. On the 30th of August, 1590, the sentinels who had been keeping watch all night...
Seite 435 - It is generally supposed that he had not that stamp of high ability which alone could have carried the government in safety through the perils by which it had been of late environed ; but it must be ever doubtful whether, under the circumstances in which France was placed at the time of the convocation of the States-General, the wisdom or virtue of any individual could have averted the fatal consequences which were to follow. A decree was passed on the 27th of November, ejecting from their benefices...
Seite 451 - His bed was not stirred for six months, and he had not strength to make it himself. For more than a year he had no change of shirt or stockings. He might indeed have washed himself, for he had a pitcher of water, and might have kept himself cleaner than he did; but, overwhelmed by the ill treatment he had received, he had not the resolution to do so, and his illness began to deprive him of even the necessary strength. He passed his days without any occupation, and in the evening was allowed no light....

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