The History of Belgium; Caesar to Waterloo Volume 1

The History of Belgium; Caesar to Waterloo 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. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...TWO TREATIES. 245 of Charles as King of Burgundy, and the consequent betrothal of Maximilian and Mary. The day before the event was to be consummated the Emperor suddenly left Treves at night for Cologne, without assigning any reason for his departure, thus evading the necessity of explaining his reversal of policy. Its causes are by no means clearly ascertained as the intrigues of King Louis to which everything was attributed in that age could scarcely have produced this result. It is more probable that Frederick was swayed by the representations of the other princes of the Empire whose jealousy was aroused by the ostentatious display of wealth made by Charles, and who easily persuaded Frederick that once he was king the Duke of Burgundy would outshine the representative of the Caesars. Charles returned from Treves not only disappointed in his principal wishes, but also incensed against Germany, which led him into enterprises on the Rhine that diverted his attention from France and thus resulted in the breach of the understanding with England, for Edward, on reaching Calais in accordance with the treaty of July, 1474, for a joint invasion of France, threw up the project in disgust on finding that Charles had no available army. The result was that Edward concluded a treaty of peace with Louis at Pecquigny in August, 1475, and Charles found himself obliged to follow suit one month later by the Treaty of Soleuvre already referred to. This would not have happened but for the unfortunate visit to Treves and its consequences. The desire to figure as a King had led Charles from his true policy into distant adventures which sapped his power and offered no adequate benefit. Louis the Eleventh is affirmed to have said in reference to his rival's actions...show more

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  • Paperback | 166 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 308g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236679105
  • 9781236679109