The Fields of France; Little Essays in Descriptive Sociology

The Fields of France; Little Essays in Descriptive Sociology

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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. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...Silvie understood, when the king awarded the confiscated glories of Chantilly to Conde For a hundred and fifty years, Chantilly continued to be the almost Royal pleasure-house, the Versailles of the Princes of Conde Then the great Revolution rased the castle to the ground. It was not here, but some miles away--at St. Leu-Taverny--that the last Conde died, in 1830. Chantilly, which had come into the family by a violent death, left it also in a sombre and mysterious fashion. The last Prince of Conde was found one morning hanged to the handle of his casement-window. The castle of Chantilly passed to the Due d'Aumale. In 1840 he began the labour of restoring it; but the Revolution of 1848 sent him into exile, and only in 1872 was Chantilly restored to its rightful proprietor. Then, like a phcenix, the new castle began to rise swiftly from its nest of ash and ruin. It is as like the castle of the Renaissance, from which it descends, as a young child is like its illustrious ancestor. 'Tis a princely and elegant palace, and we find no fault with it beyond its youth. It stands with a swanlike grace amid its waters; it holds, as in the days of Montmorency, a rare treasure of old pictures and priceless manuscripts; and so far as eye can reach from its terraces, the lands and forests are subject to its lord. Chantilly is, in truth, a great possession. The Due d'Aumale, as we know, had no sons. He died in 1897, and, choosing the most gifted men of his country for his children, he bequeathed his palace and estate of Chantilly to the Institute of France. Ill If the day be cold or windy, drive through the forest of Hallatte to Creil, and thence take the train to Compiegne, for there blows a stiffish breeze across the plateau of the Oise. But if mild air and sun...show more

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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236541057
  • 9781236541055