The Life and Times of Francis the First King of France. 2nd. Ed Volume 1

The Life and Times of Francis the First King of France. 2nd. Ed Volume 1

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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. 1830 edition. Excerpt: ...' majority of whom had promised him their votes. His personal pretensions too, were of no inconsiderable description. He had been on the throne of France for more than four years, during which period all his undertakings had been successful. The dazzling splendour of his victories yet influenced the public mind, his munificence, his encouragement of science and arts, his mild and paternal government, his chivalrous spirit, his graceful and affable demeanour, had " bought golden opinions from all kinds of men," and had procured him a reputation for greater virtues than he possessed, while those defects in his character, which forced themselves upon the general observation, were extenuated on the score of his youth, or forgotten because of that avowed licentiousness which, in the higher classes at least, was then too common toexcite very severe reprobation. It was not without reason therefore, that Fran-The.procis believed-he should triumph over, Charles, who iiizdciggl of was his only realcompetitor.;-and that he expr'ess-d"ms' edthis belief in confident te-rms.(.a) He did not (0) Some of the correspondence on this subject, selected from the MSS. Cott., will be found in. Elli-s's Original-Letters, vol. i. p. 146, &c.' ' ' CHAP. Francis commits the mana ement of is interests to Bonnivet. however, relax inihis pursuit of the measures best calculated to insure his success; nor did he undervalue the pretensions of his opponent. " Your master and I are rivals, it is true," he said to the Spanish ambassadors, " but we are not therefore enemies. We are the lovers of the same mistress; whom we must seek to win with ardour, but still tenderly and respectfully; and there is no need that the...show more

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  • Paperback | 126 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236875087
  • 9781236875082