Living Age Volume 179

Living Age Volume 179

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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. 1888 edition. Excerpt: ...of June, 1580, and ending in November, 1581. He went through France, Switzerland, part of Germany, and Italy. Always suffering and always cheerful, he sprinkles his journal with bright little bits of observation here, of reflection there, but as a rule his diary is not worth much. Speaking of the German innkeepers he says: "lis ont cela de bon qu'ils demandent quasi du premier mot ce qu'il leur faut, et ne gagne-t-on guere a marchander. lis sont glorieux, coleres et ivrognes, mais ils ne sont du moins ni traitres ni voleurs." When he left the country he wrote to the famous Francois Hotman, whom he had met at Bale, saying that " tout le demeurant lui sembloit plein de commodite et courtoisie, et surtout de iustice et de surete."" This was a better word for the Germans than the students gave them at the University of Paris. Here they were called dirty, gluttonous, and ill-tempered; the French being proud and effeminate; the English cowards and drunkards; the Normans boastful and deceitful; the Burgundians stupid and brutal; the Flemish bloodthirsty, vagabond, house-burners, etc. At Brixen the mountains round about "s'estendent si mollement qu'elles ce laissent testonner et peigner iusques aux aureilles "--like certain show places in our own country, notably about the lakes, which have the look of being "washed and combed and in their Sunday clothes." At Rome, where he had always had a great desire to go, one or two things struck him forcibly. One was the precautions taken against poison in the sacramental wine; another was the irreligious indifference of the pope and cardinals during the mass. "II lui sembla nouveau, et en cette messe et autres, que le Pape et cardinaux et autres...show more

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  • Paperback | 658 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 34mm | 1,157g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236797418
  • 9781236797414