This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1843 edition. Excerpt: ...return with life, unless I return free." " Is there nothing, Sire, that you leave behind with regret?" inquired Fervaques, alluding to the ladies of the Court. "But two things," replied Henry, smiling; "the mass, and my wife; the first, I must contrive to do without; my wife, I must see again." It may be doubted, whether one held a much higher place in his esteem than the other. The conduct of Margaret had been such as to alienate her husband, and probably his absence was the thing she most desired, though she complained that he did not take leave of her, she being ill with a cold. In passing through Tours, he made a public profession of the reformed faith, candidly avowing, that he had been present at the mass, and taken other steps, merely to save his life. Navarre immediately held a conference with the Duke of Anjou, and also with the Duke Casimir, son of the Elector Palatine, who had formed a confederacy with the Huguenots. Conde, too, was amongst them, the friend and companion of Navarre, and was now at the head of a large number of brave soldiers. Since his'escape, when arrested with Navarre for an alleged conspiracy, he had been active in uniting the scattered troops. His clear and cool judgment immediately perceived, that the only way to make Monsieur the Duke of Anjou useful to their cause, was to place him in powerful opposition to Henry, and he voluntarily surrendered his command to the Prince. A numerous army, certainly not less than fifty thousand men, were now collected with Navarre, D'Alemjon, and Casimir, as chiefs. When we consider the youth of these generals, the ardor and impetuosity of their characters, the advantage they had gained over the French king, who had neither men nor money, and whose effeminate habits...
Author: Hannah Farnham Sawyer Lee
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