History of the Reigns of Louis XVIII and Charles X Volume 2; V. 25

History of the Reigns of Louis XVIII and Charles X Volume 2; V. 25

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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. 1854 edition. Excerpt: ...of the King and of his brother, the Minister who had decided upon the invasion of Spain, and the restoration of Ferdinand; who had rallied the army to the Bourbons; and who had sacrificed all his Liberal principles and constitutional tendencies to the party of the ultraRoyalists, as the only party that would maintain him in power, and allow him to pursue what he considered the resurrection of glory and of monarchy in France. Villele triumphed. But in the present instance one cannot say that genius was altogether sacrificed to mediocrity, or high talent to base envy. For the man of genius certainly wanted honesty, and in the pursuit of his purpose and his ambition, was false to a degree that it required greater art, more assiduous care, and more constant dissimulation to cover, than a man far more accustomed to the paths of Liberalism and imagination than to the ways of the world could command. But if Chateaubriand was deficient in the address of the courtier, M. de Villele miscalculated the power of such a writer in opposition. The brothers Bertin, then possessors of the Journal des Debats, and skilled, from habit and the profession of journalists, to discern when a statesman had reached his zenith, and when he was upon the decline, did not hesitate to adopt the cause of Chateaubriand, and open to him their columns as a powerful battery against Villele. The kind of insurrection in the Chamber of Peers against the Minister emboldened them, and several sentences passed by the Royal Courts, and that of Cassation, in favour of journals which had been prosecuted, showed that the judges had grown weary of Government ascendancy, and were disposed to check rather than promote it. Few of the events of the year excited more interest or...
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  • Paperback | 136 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 254g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236748050
  • 9781236748058