Charles de Bourbon; High Constable of France the Great Condottiere
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. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ...the women of Marseilles, and we have a most delightful account of the way in which the rich and delicate ladies joined with the poorer and more robust women of the people in the patriotic work of protecting their homes. The record of this devotion is still preserved in the city in the " Boulevard des Dames," on the very spot where they so gallantly worked in the trenches. The trenches were protected by mounds of earth, pierced with loop-holes (" meurtrieres ") behind which were placed the most reliable arquebusiers. Besides these measures of defence, the besieged disturbed their enemies' manoeuvres by constant sorties, even venturing as far as the Imperial camp. Day and night they were on guard, and the streets were kept lighted by torches, and lanterns in the windows of the houses, to be on the watch for a surprise. As time passed on with scarcely any result, a feeling of discouragement spread through the attacking army, and even the leaders began to lose heart, with the exception of Bourbon, who felt assured of ultimate success. He had at last received through Sir John Russell, some of the money long before promised by Henry VIII. towards paying his army, and he had been rejoined by a portion of the troops he had left RENZO DA CERI REFUSES TO PARLEY 195 in Piedmont, when unable to pay the money due to them. He had again sent urgent messages both to the Emperor and to the King of England, and now received assurance from both princes that they would carry out their engagements and land their forces in France. Before making use of the big cannons which had been brought to the camp from Toulon, the Duc de Bourbon demanded an interview with Renzo da Ceri and the other captains, in order to convince them that...
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- 13 Sep 2013
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