Gabrielle Andre; An Historical Novel

Gabrielle Andre; An Historical Novel

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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. 1871 edition. Excerpt: ... the Bourgnignons and Armagnacs, each party attaching equal importance to the possession of the fortress, as it was the key of the city. 107 THE BASTILLE--LBTTRES DE CACHET. The Bastille was not, like the Louvre, and most castles of the Middle Ages, a square, or a parallelogram of crenellated ramparts, with towers at intervals, capped with conical roofs and steeples, gay with blazoned weather-cocks, and crested with elegant metal-work, but it was an oblong irregular mass of thick double walls, containing rooms, halls, passages throughout their length, flanked by eight towers scarcely detaching themselves from the surface of the curtain, projecting slightly only from the bed of masonry connecting them, and not surpassing the walls in height--a monument black and sinister, whose appearance and history were alike gloomy. Under Louis XIV. the Bastille attained its exclusive destination as a state-prison. Cardinal Kichelieu did not suffer the rust to gather on the hinges of its gates; but it was not till the second period of the reign of the Great Monarch that this royal chateau became an awful gulf swallowing up, year after year, multitudes of unfortunates, of every rank and station, persecuted and oppressed at the caprice of the monarch, his ministers, his confessors, and his favorites. In feudal times, only prisoners of a high rank had been consigned to the Bastille; but, under the absolute monarchy of Louis XIV. and Louis XVI., no citizen, however obscure he might be, could consider himself safe from these oubliettes incessantly gaping for victims. The action of the regular tribunals and of the municipal authorities was null in the presence of the Bastille, which was filled and emptied by order of the king, without trial. Lettres de cachet...show more

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  • Paperback | 146 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 272g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236844017
  • 9781236844019