The Critical Review, Or, Annals of Literature Volume 3

The Critical Review, Or, Annals of Literature Volume 3

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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. 1757 edition. Excerpt: ...laws to the height of injustice, as when he let his troops ravage Poland, though the republic received him as a friend; his mining the town ol 'Them for having Uarboured a. garrison forced upon jt bv Augustus, &c, He HU His marches were prodigious; his exploits almost incredible, and his victories are still remembered with admiration. There was nothing which his own vast courage suggested that he did not think his soldiers capable of undertaking. He was severe to the last degree, prodigal of punishment; but niggardly in rewarding merit, except valour, the only virtue that could distinguish a man in his service; where the chief of the Swedijh nobility and princes of the German empire were obliged first to rank as subalterns, and they rose, not according to quality, but to personal behaviour. Never was army better governed; never was there a better model for one; never did soldiers do so much for a general, as those headed by Charles; but he-sometimes deviated from his own maxims. M. Voltaire's account of this gallant prince may be more spirited and entertaining; but we have reason to think, that the author now in our hand, adheres more strictly to truth, and was rather better acquainted with his character. The king of Sweden (fays he) perilhed at the age of 36 years and 6 months, after having ' enjoyed the greatest prosperity, and experienced the most cruel adversity, without having been in the least subdued by the one, or intoxicated by the other. Almost all his actions, even his be' haviour in the last moment of his life, transcended the bounds of probability. He was the only man, and even to this time the only king, ' that behaved without weakness. He pushed all the virtues ' of a hero to an excess in which they became imperfections...show more

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  • Paperback | 258 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 467g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236601521
  • 9781236601520