Lives of Cardinal Alberoni, the Duke of Ripperda and Marquis of Pombal, Exhibiting a View of the Kingdoms of Spain and Portugal Etc. 2. Ed

Lives of Cardinal Alberoni, the Duke of Ripperda and Marquis of Pombal, Exhibiting a View of the Kingdoms of Spain and Portugal Etc. 2. Ed

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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. 1814 edition. Excerpt: ...was Ripperda himself. But it was soon discovered that this extraordinary stranger was a Prussian gentleman, Theodore Anthony Baron de Newoff. His life had been curiously chequered with incidents. In his youth he had been in the French service. From this he had repaired to Baron Gortz in Sweden. By him he was sent to Spain. He was known to Cardinal Alberoni, and contracted an acquaintance with Ripperda. This latter procured him a young lady in marriage, of a good family and some fortune. Newoff, not much pleased with her person, decamped one day without warning, accompanied by the greater part of her moveables. Paris was at this time the resort of all those enterprising spirits who did not think of gaining a fortune by slow mechanical industry, but by rapid invention and brisk intrepidity. Law was in the midst of his brilliant experiments in finance. He received Newoff as a brother of his soul, and initiated him in the mysteries of his proficents5Si0I1-Paris was for some time an agreeable residence. Newoff enjoyed all the pleasures of fashionable life; when some troublesome creditors occasioned his abrupt departure for England. It soon became inconvenient to continue in England; and be shifted the scene of his amusements to Amsterdam. His excursions extended to Italy and the Levant; when, hearing of the troubles of Corsica, be conceived the idea of becoming King of.the island. He went to Tunis, and communicated his project to the Dey, who afforded him the means of carrying it into effect. He was elected King of Corsica a month after his arrival. He assumed the state of a sovereign prince. Three hundred men with drawn swords composed his guard. Two pieces of artillery were planted at his door. He proceeded to name his oliicers of state. Hshow more

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  • Paperback | 120 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 227g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236764471
  • 9781236764478