1521-1598

1521-1598

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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. 1877 edition. Excerpt: ...of the French. In a moment they were overthrown and dispersed. The Duke of Enghien, brother of the King of Navarre, and several other chiefs, were slain; Montmorenci himself, and his 'youthful son, De Montberon, the Duke of Montpen-sier, 'the Duke of Longueville, the Marshal St. Andre, together with many other persons of distinction, were made prisoners. After overthrowing the gendarmerie, the victors attacked the French infantry, who were broken and dispersed, and either cut to pieces or driven away prisoners like flocks of sheep. It was with difficulty that the Duke of Nevers and the Prince of Conde succeeded in regaining La Fere with a handful of soldiers, whilst Francois de Montmorenci, the Constable's eldest son, escaped in another direction. All seemed lost for France. The only army on which she relied. for defence was almost annihilated, its commander in the hands of the enemy. Paris trembled for its safety; and some of the courtiers already talked of removing to Orleans. But France was saved by Philip himself, who, at the news of the victory, hastened from Cambrai to the camp just in time to prevent the Duke of Savoy from reaping its fruits. The battle of St. Quentin was fought on St. Laurence's Day (August 10th), and Philip determined to commemorate it in a manner worthy of his bigotry and superstition. He vowed to erect a church, a monastery, and a-palace in honour of that Saint; their form was to be the appropriate one of a gridiron, in memory of Laurence's martyrdom; and after twenty-two years' labour (1563-84) and the expenditure of vast sums of money, the Eseorial rose near Madrid. But his own conduct rendered the victory unworthy of this sumptuous monument. Philip II. had all the...show more

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  • Paperback | 214 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 390g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236893697
  • 9781236893697