Madaron; Or the Artisan of Nismes. an Historical Romance of the Sixteenth Century Volume 2

Madaron; Or the Artisan of Nismes. an Historical Romance of the Sixteenth Century Volume 2

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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. 1857 edition. Excerpt: ...of the character of his illustrious kinsman and namesake, --brave, inflexible even to obstinacy, something harsh, and inclined to avarice. The latter trait, in truth, distinguished the members of this great family, as universally as liberality characterized those of the rival race of Guise. Considering Nismes the hot-bed of heresy, and the citadel of Calvinism, the Governor treated the inhabitants of this city with harshness and injustice. Perchance the wealthy citizens who groaned under the exactions of the new Governor, would have writhed less beneath the yoke placed upon their shoulders, had not the haughty noble refused to lessen its weight, by a courtesy which might have softened the severity. Montmorenci treated the burghers of the city as pariah slaves, whom he kept beneath his footstool with the lash of contemptuous words; the wounds from which struck deeper, and rankled more dangerously, than those inflicted by sword or dagger. The citizens were gathered in the Presidial Court, the day after the arrival of the King at Nismes, to digest, as best they could, a scornful message from the Governor, in reply to an address, in which they had earnestly requested some mitigation of their grievances, as they felt great reluctance to appeal finally from him to His Majesty. "Henri de Montmorenci Damville," was the answer given viva voce by a man-at-arms, "treats not on equality with the citizens of Nismes. The Governor of Languedoc relaxes no penalty which punishes heresy. The noble of France defies the threats, and contemns the opinions, of the burghers of the city!" A young advocate started up, and, all flushed with indignation at the insolence of the reply, burst forth in a torrent of invective against Damville, of allusions more

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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236561228
  • 9781236561220