About Catherine de Medici. the Exiles. the Message

About Catherine de Medici. the Exiles. the Message

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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. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...who was studying Catherine's face, suddenly went up to her and led her into the window-bay, apart from the throng. "You, madame," said he, "wish your son to die; you are in collusion with your enemies, and that since we came from Blois. This morning Councilor Viole told your furrier's son that the Prince de Conde was to be beheaded. That young man, who, under torture, had denied all knowledge of the Prince de Conde, gave him a farewell greeting as he passed the window of the lad's prison. You looked on at your hapless accomplice's sufferings with royal indifference. Now, you are opposed to your eldest son's life being saved. You will force us to believe that the death of the Dauphin, which placed the crown on the head of the late King, was not natural, but that Montecuculi was your" "Monsieur le Chancelier!" Catherine called out, and at this signal Madame de Fieschi threw open the double doors of the bedchamber. The persons assembled in the hall could thus see the whole scene in the King's room: the little King, deadly pale, his features sunk, his eyes dim, but repeating the word " Marie," while he held the hand of the young Queen, who was weeping; the Duchesse de Guise standing, terrified by Catherine's audacity; the two Princes of Lorraine, not less anxious, but keeping close to the Queen-mother, and resolved to have her arrested by Maille-Breze; and, finally, the great surgeon Ambroise Pare, with the King's physician. He stood holding his instruments, but not daring to perform the operation, for which perfect quiet was as necessary as the approbation of the medical authorities. "Monsieur le Chancelier," said Catherine, "Messieufs de Guise wish to authorize a strange operation on...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236838807
  • 9781236838803