Heroic Women of History

Heroic Women of History

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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. 1857 edition. Excerpt: ...at a time when the only human alleviation and relaxation from the most anxious cares and prospects was a bright, cheerful sympathy in one another's feelings and adventures. As a companion to the lady with the rouge, we must give her account of a M., who joined the army at a time when officers and men had all, from convenience and necessity, assumed the rough, simple dress which gained for them the epithet of brigands. "This gentleman," she says, " in order to give himself a distinguished appearance, had put on a blue velvet coat embroidered with spangles, wore a bag, a chapeau-de-bras, and a sword by his side. It was his 'first appearance in the camp. He said that, having been informed that the chiefs were not present, he had thought himself obliged to come to Amaillou, to offer his services. M. de L'Escure thanked him very much, and begged him, his ofliccrs being very much fatigued, to take charge of the camp, and to give orders for the bivouae. He was kept all. night in the rain, and far from the fire, and appeared no more at the camp." From this time Madame do L'Escure seems to have been constantly with her husband, and at hand for many essential services; at one time mediating between the peasants and their oflicers--then employed by the council to write despatches, in her small, legible hand, which were to be enclosed in a pocket-pistol--and, again, embroidering a fair white standard for her husband's army. This standard had a short and eventful career. In the first battle in which it was unfurled, the Vendeans, for a moment, gave way, and a flight was begun. M. do L'Escure sprang from his horse, and cried out--" Are there four hundred men brave enough to die with me...show more

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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236833635
  • 9781236833631