The Life of Louis XI; The Rebel Dauphin and the Statesman King, from His Original Letters and Other Documents

The Life of Louis XI; The Rebel Dauphin and the Statesman King, from His Original Letters and Other Documents

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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. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...in which Louis XI expressed his admiration for his uncle Rene. "Depuis quelques annees, le royaume de France etait deborde et envahi par les guerres intestines et les seditions. Un seul prince s'est trouve qui par aucun moyen, sous aucun pretexte, n'a pu etre detourne de la fidelite qu'il nous devait et du soin de la depense de l'Etat; c'est notre oncle bien aime, le roi de Jerusalem, de Sicile et d'Aragon, qui avec une Constance invaincue, une volonte toujours droite, a maintenu l'antique honneur de ce royaume, en a respecte et augmente le prestige, l'a arrete enfin, sur le bord du precipice." (For some years past, the kingdom of France was overflowing and invaded with intestine wars and seditions. One prince alone was found who by no means, under no pretext, could be turned away from the fidelity which he owed us and from the care and defence of the State; it is our well-beloved uncle, the King of Jerusalem, of Sicily, and of Aragon, who, with invincible courage and straightforward will, has maintained the ancient honour of this realm, has respected and increased its prestige, has, in short, arrested its course on the brink of a precipice.) The Duke of Calabria was a prince so popular for his knightly courtesy and daring courage--a very hero of chivalry--that crowds of adventurers thronged to his standard, and at the head of about eight thousand men, he crossed the mountain passes of Roussillon the next spring and descended on the northern frontier of Catalonia. Juan II was but ill prepared to oppose him; his funds had been exhausted in the late campaign, Gaston de Foix was taking possession of Navarre, while Rome and Italy, threatened by the Turks, only thought of defending themselves. To complete the King's misfortunes, he was...show more

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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 159g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236583507
  • 9781236583505