History of France and Normandy from the Earliest Times to the Revolution of 1848

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Charles Desilver, 1856 - 444 páginas
 

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Página 26 - All was prepared — the fire, the sword, the men To wield them in their terrible array. The army, like a lion from his den, March'd forth with nerve and sinews bent to slay, — A human Hydra, issuing from its fen To breathe destruction on its winding way.
Página 392 - I have warr'd with a world which vanquish'd me only When the meteor of Conquest allured me too far ; I have coped with the nations which dread me thus lonely, The last single Captive to millions in war...
Página 61 - O'ER the glad waters of the dark blue sea, Our thoughts as boundless, and our souls as free, Far as the breeze can bear, the billows foam, Survey our empire, and behold our home!
Página 266 - Catholic divines, and probably contemplated the being one day reconciled to their church. But an event now occurred which compelled him to decide without delay. In 1593, the states-general were assembled, and proceeded so far as to offer the crown to the Spanish Infanta, on the condition that she should marry a French Catholic prince. The young duke of Guise was fixed on as her future husband. Under these circumstances, Henry, on July 25, 1593, made a public abjuration of Protestantism.
Página 210 - What this prince also said in vindication of his economy, will always be praised. " I had rather see my courtiers laugh at my avarice, than my people weep on account of my expenses.
Página 129 - England, and when some scrupled to violate the allegiance they had so lately sworn, Edward assumed the title and arms of king of France, and thus quieted their consciences. 13. Philip having entered into alliance with the king of Castile, obtained from him the aid of a fleet, which, united with his own, dreadfully ravaged the coasts of England ; but being soon after met by Edward, near the Scheldt, a fierce engagement ensued, in which the French were defeated, with the loss of half their vessels...
Página 324 - Cossacs often excited more terror than the better disciplined part of the army, entered and laid waste the whole of Bavaria. The king of Prussia made a treaty for himself, by which he secured the possession of Silesia. The French were expelled from Bohemia, and were also defeated in a battle at Dettingen by an army from England, which had taken the part of the empress-queen.
Página 256 - King's defeat; nothing then remained but the detestable means of assassination, and this Henry determined to adopt. Having armed nine of his most trusty followers with daggers, Henry sent to invite the Duke of Guise to a speedy conference on matters of the utmost importance. The Duke hastened to obey, but just as he was about to enter the room in which the King was, the assassins fell on him, and he was instantly slain. His brother, the Cardinal, shared the same fate on the following day. Henry proceeded...
Página 324 - ... misfortunes made her formidable ; she appeared before the states of Hungary bearing her infant son in her arms. The speech which she made in Latin to the assembly, drew tears from all her audience ; the spirit of that chivalrous nation was roused, and they all exclaimed with one accord, Moriamur pro rege nostro Maria Theresa ; " Let us die for our king Maria Theresa.
Página 110 - Are less esteem'd than beasts. — This you have practised, Practised on us with rigour ; this hath forced us To shake our heavy yokes off ; and, if redress Of these just grievances be not granted us, We'll right ourselves, and by strong hand defend What we are now possess'd of.

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