Old Court Life in Spain Volume 1-2

Old Court Life in Spain Volume 1-2

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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. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...at the Alcazar, and Maria shall hold the new queen's robe." "No, no, never!" cries Don Pedro, stung into real feeling by the remembrance of her he loved and the insult to be put on her. "If this is done at all, it must be distant and secret. She shall be spared the knowledge until all is over. I would rather lead a dozen campaigns against the French and Du Guesclin into the bargain in open field, than lend my hand to this matter. I a wife--a queen-a consort--what am I to do with her? Will she replace that other who nestles in my breast?" and a look of love_ came into his eyes which softened them into real beauty. No one can tell what that hard face could express until that one chord was struck to which his whole being vibrated. "The princess will bring France in her hand and peace in your councils. Your Highness is not bound to separate from--" "Yes, yes, I understand; but_would Maria's proud heart accept it?-Peace in my councils and strife at my board!' I cannot undertake it. An older man might do it, but, Albuquerque, I am young, and though men call me El Cruel, I am also El fustticiar. Now that is not justice. She has borne me children. She is like no other woman--I love her." "Leave my kinswoman to me, sire; only consent and I will answer for her. But, my lord, forgive me if I say that if you thus hab'-hearted enter into this scheme, you will bring more calamity on Castile, more war and misery than we have now to battle with. Women, my liege, are but cheap in your eyes as yet. But any wrong done to a royal princess such as the Lady Blanche, any insult, any dishonour"--the king looks up sharply--"would bring on us the whole power of France....show more

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  • Paperback | 164 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 304g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236822080
  • 9781236822086