Citizeness Bonaparte

Citizeness Bonaparte

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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. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...gave emperors to Constantinople and kings to Cyprus, princes to Dalmatia, to the Peloponnesus, to Crete. the Venice which humiliated the Caesars of Germany; the Venice of which monarchs esteemed it an honor to be the citizens; the Venice which, republican in the midst of feudal Europe, served as a buckler to Christianity; the Venice, planter of lions, whose doges were scholars, whose merchants, knights; the Venice which brought back from Greece conquered turbans or recovered masterpieces; the Venice which triumphed by its splendor, its courtesans, and its arts, as well as by its great men; Venice, at once Corinth, Athens, and Carthage, adorning its head with rostral crowns and diadems of flowers." No, it was no longer the former Venice. A profound decadence was visible in these festivities given in honor of Madame Bonaparte. What had become of that freest of cities which had maintained its independence since its foundation in the fifth century? Where were the famous bronze horses that had pawed the air above the entrance of Saint Mark's? They had been sent to Paris as part of the spoils. And the famous lion, the lion of the holy patron of Venice? He had suffered the same fate. The great saint whose relics are in the church founded in the beginning of the ninth century by the liberality of Justinian Participazio no longer protected the city which had so trusted in him. Ah! what had become of her who "looks a sea Cybele, fresh from ocean, Rising with her tiara of proud towers At airy distance, with majestic motion, A ruler of the waters and their powers: ## In youth she was all glory, --a new Tyre, --Her very byword sprung from victory, The ' Planter of the Lion, ' which through fire And blood she bore o'er subject earth and sea; Though...show more

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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236512669
  • 9781236512666