A Brief History of France

A Brief History of France

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ...had beaten the forces of the Duke of Savoy in Piedmont; and on sea the gallant Tourville had retrieved the disaster of La Hogue. Misfortunes.--Meanwhile, however, Prince Eugene, f coming to the aid of the Duke of Savoy, had not only driven the French across the Alps, but had invaded Provence, and the Indies. The English had destroyed their plantations in St. Domingo, had bombarded Havre, Calais, and Dunkirk, and laid Dieppe in ashes. William's stubborn resistance in Holland prevented any marked advantage from the victories of Luxemburg. And now this great commander J was no more. Villeroi (vel-rwa), his successor, unable to check William, Luxemburg was here taken by surprise. To gain time, the Duke of Orleans--then a lad of fifteen--charged at the head of the king's household. Young princes of the blood, grandsons of the great Cond6 and of Henry IV., and the highest nobles of the court, desperately held the ground till Luxemburg could establish his lines. The people, carried away by enthusiasm for these gallant youths, poured flowers and crowns upon them as they returned to Paris. The road was lined with congratulating and shouting crowds. The young nobles, hurrying into battle, had hastily thrown on the fashionable lace cravats upon whose arrangement they were wont to bestow much pains. Henceforth the "negligee" style was universal. Ornaments were manufactured upon this model, so that not only Steinkirk cravats, hut Steinkirk watch-chains, seals, necklaces, and bracelets were the popular rage. + This prince belonged, through his father, to the house of Savoy; his mother was a niece of Mazarin. Louis had a personal dislike for him, and refused him either a regiment or an abbey, saying: "Eugene is too girl-like for asoldier, and too...show more

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  • Paperback | 106 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 204g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236546482
  • 9781236546487