Historical Studies

Historical Studies

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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. 1865 edition. Excerpt: ...hare running across his room; or of the dashing votes de fait, by which ladies of rank sometimes revenged themselves on spies and rivals; such as Madame d'Aiguillon's design to have a bottle of ink broken over the face of Madame de Chaulnes; an effectual receipt, she thought, for demolishing beauty--for the glass cuts, and the ink entering into the wounds is indelible. All these were but relics of the fashionable lynch-law of the middle ages. We speak of vulgar crimes, such as bring the offender within the ordinary grasp of penal law, and yet did not then altogether exclude a person 'comme il faut' from good society. People did not scruple much about associating with those who were notoriously guilty of them, until convicted; or about paying them proper attention afterwards, until their execution. In the early part of Louis XIIL's reign the ordinary frolic of the evening was to rob pedestrians, in the dark streets of Paris, of their cloaks. There is a wellknown story in Eochefort's Memoirs, of the adroitness of Gaston, Duke of Orleans, at this exercise; and of the ill-luck of some of his comrades, who attempted to hide themselves behind Henry IV.'s statue on the Pont Neuf. But what Gaston practised in the spirit of aristocratic sport, others perpetrated from simpler motives. The Sieur Desternod avows that, in his poverty, he frequently thought of this resource, but was deterred by fear of capture. Bussy-Eabutin was robbed by two ' filous de The Marquise de Eambouillet was so well known by this fanciful adopted name that Massillon actually employs it in her funeral sermon: 'La mort nous a ravi cette adorable Arthenice, ' &c. But there was a mixture of worldly fashion with lofty spirituality in the choicest pulpit eloquence of that age, which...show more

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  • Paperback | 150 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 281g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236543637
  • 9781236543639