Beatrice of Venice, a Romance of the Last Days of the Venetian Republic and of Napoleon's Campaign in Italy Volume 1

Beatrice of Venice, a Romance of the Last Days of the Venetian Republic and of Napoleon's Campaign in Italy Volume 1

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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. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...quest of wine and bread, came over from Dalmatia and the Islands, and were paraded upon the Piazzi to the delight of the clowns and the derision of the idlers. The rattle of drums and the blare of trumpets awakened for a brief moment the sleeping sentinel of a nation's existence; but he rolled upon his side again when the cavalcade swept by, and the lion of St. Mark became but a pillow for his head. The French might burn the last house upon Terra Firma, pluck the last grain of wheat, throw the last chalice into the crucible, carry the last woman to Paris--but they would never cross the lagoons and assault this city of the centuries. At least, this was the argument, which seemed to rely upon the hypothesis that what has not been will not be, and, therefore, is impossible. Venice delighted in reasoning such as this. Her sensitive nerves were soothed thereby; she continued to eat and drink, and she had not ceased to be merry. ' Now, the theme of Bonaparte's angry dispatch was the hypothetical murder of his friend and aide-de-camp, Gaston de Joyeuse. With this he charged Senate and people, and to all their protestations of ignorance and innocence he replied in a tone so uncompromising that any but a moribund nation would have read his ultimate purpose, and either contested it to the last point, or called upon the surest resources of diplomacy to save the State from its folly. Writing from Gratz, in the General's name, l'Allemant, the Commander of the Division of the South, thus addressed the Doge and his Councillors: --"Most Serene Prince; Most Excellent Signors: The Minister of the French Republic has not ceased to place before the eyes of your Serene Highness, and of your Excellencies, all the crimes of which...show more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236754530
  • 9781236754530