A Handbook for Travellers in Spain Volume 1

A Handbook for Travellers in Spain Volume 1

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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. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ...of only their own fears, for Castanos, so far from advancing on the foe, more amazed at his victory, than even the French at their defeat, actually marched back to Seville to dedicate flags to St. Ferdinand: nor did he reach Madrid until Aug. 23, when he proceeded to kneel before the Atocha image of the Virgin, and thank her for her interference (Schep. i. 458). Meanwhile Buonaparte was silently preparing his great revenge unmolested by the Spaniards, who quietly reposed under their laurels, not taking the smallest steps even to dislodge the French runaways from the line of the Ebro; they thought the war concluded by one blow; and even the sober English caught the infection, and imagined Bailen to be a tragedy to be repeated whenever the French appeared, until further notice. The rewards given to Castanos, this conqueror by deputy, were as slow as his military movements; he was not made Duque de Bailen until nearly a quarter of a century afterwards, and then simply and solely because Christina was anxious to create a liberal party for her own ends. To his praise be it said that he was free from mean jealousies, and cheerfully served under the Duke of Wellington, and of all his countrymen was best liked by their allies. He was fully aware of his own utter military incapacity, and being a true Pillo Andaluz, cut his joke on himself and on everything else. Thus, when Dupont on delivering his sword, made a grandiloquent speech in the Honneur et Patrie style: "this is the first time mon epee has witnessed dofeat." "Ma foi," replied Castanos, "what is odder still, this is the first time mine has witnessed a victory." Castanos, who trimmed and weathered all the storms of Spanish politics, died liked by all Sept. 23rd, 1852, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 300 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 16mm | 540g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236501950
  • 9781236501950