Eugenie, Empress of the French; A Popular Sketch

Eugenie, Empress of the French; A Popular Sketch

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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. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...name which had fostered his eager dreams, which had made Europe tremble, and had intoxicated France--this name must also be the chief support on which his fame must rest. He sought by every means in his power to preserve all Napoleonic traditions, and to lull the Parisians into sweet dreams that the glorious days of Napoleon the Great had returned. Several families were represented at Court that had been known in his Uncle's time, and at the entertainments that succeeded each other without intermission, it was the one main object to recall the magnificence of the First Empire. Officials, ministers, senators, and chamberlains wore uniforms heavy with gold embroidery. "Les Cent Gardes" who were on duty at the Palace, and rode before and behind the Imperial carriage, were fantastic in their splendour, and reminded one of some princely pageant on the stage. Many customs from the time of Louis XIV. were revived to aid in the display of the young Court. A straining after effect undoubtedly characterised the whole mode of life, and it has been said, hardly unjustly, that it was a theatrical Imperial Court, of which Eugdnie was the centre. But this glittering, and at the same time tasteful, spectacle was acceptable to Frenchmen, who are naturally susceptible to outward appearances, and it was productive of hearty applause, which, however, belonged more to the effect than to the action of the play. An almost fabulous magnificence was displayed when foreign sovereigns came as guests. These visits became more and more frequent as Napoleon increased in importance; indeed, there were times under the Second Empire when the whole solar system of greater and lesser potentates met with one another in the streets of Paris. Deputies from far-distant...show more

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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236619749
  • 9781236619747