A history of France, by mrs. Markham. With continuation to the year 1871, by F. Young


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443 ページ - ... 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.
23 ページ - O for a blast of that dread horn, On Fontarabian echoes borne, That to King Charles did come, When Rowland brave, and Olivier, And every paladin and peer, On Roncesvalles died...
369 ページ - We are almost stifled by being pent up with those beasts, but we could not resist the pressing lamentations of the poor. In the cellar are concealed forty cows. Our laundry is thronged by old and infirm, and by children, and our infirmary is full of sick and wounded. We have torn up all our linen clothes to dress their wounds. Our firewood is consumed, and we dare not send into the woods for more, as they are full of marauding parties." George. I will say that those nuns were good creatures, and...
129 ページ - I did not dare turn my eyes that way, for fear of feeling too great regret, and lest my courage should fail on leaving my two fine children, and my fair castle of Joinville, which I loved to my heart.
247 ページ - 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. In July, 1499, he sent an army into Italy, which made an easy conquest of the Milanese and of Genoa.
439 ページ - 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.
370 ページ - She was a very active partizan, and interfered with the military as well as with the political affairs of the faction. Mary. Don't you think she must have been the sort of woman one calls a termagant? Mrs. M. Indeed I think so; and there was another very conspicuous lady at that time who also belonged to the class of termagants. This was Mademoiselle de Montpensier. She was daughter of Gaston duke of Orleans, by his first wife the heiress of the duke de Montpensier, and inherited from her mother...
50 ページ - ... themselves. Thus all those nobles, and they only, who held immediately from the crown were by preeminence styled peers of France. There was no limited number of these peers under the feudal system, but in the course of time the number was confined to twelve ; six of whom were laymen, and the other six ecclesiastics. Perhaps it may be useful to you to know their names. The six lay peers were the dukes of Burgundy, Normandy, and Aquitaine ; the counts of Flanders, Champagne, and Toulouse. The six...
459 ページ - ... than he did ; but, overwhelmed by the ill treatment he had received, he had not resolution to do so, and his illness began to deprive him of even the necessary strength. He never asked for any thing, so great was his dread of Simon and his other keepers.
482 ページ - June the 5th Louis Bonaparte was made king of Holland. Dalmatia, Istria, Friuli, and other districts, were erected into duchies and great fiefs of the French empire, and bestowed on the most distinguished generals, and on other persons eminent for their public services. Fourteen princes also of the south and west of Germany united themselves into what was called the Confederation of the Rhine, and placed themselves under the protection of Napoleon. Thus finally terminated, after having lasted so...