Partenopex de Blois; A Romance in Four Cantos

Partenopex de Blois; A Romance in Four Cantos

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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. 1807 edition. Excerpt: ...for the ease of the spirit invoked who, the author observes, is very much dissatisfied at being detained above an hour. This rule does not, however, extend to a familiar. That art, which for thy sake I learn 'd to prize, No more shall screen theefrom my subjects' eyes.--P. 79 Two evils are the consequence of Partenopex's infringement of the promise he had given, to forbear from any attempt to view his mysterious love, till their belle passion should be sanctioned by the church. The first is, the destruction of Melior's fairy power; the second, the separation of the lovers. The latter consequence of his indiscretion is paralleled in many stories, both Eastern and European, and will form the subject of a subsequent note. The first incident appears to be perfectly original, though the principle of the fairy herself being severely punished, independently of the unhappiness she shared in common with her guilty lover, is recognized in the History of Melusine, between which and the present fable there exists a singular, though confused resemblance. I give a short account of the story which forms the groundwork of that celebrated romance. The Fairy Pressine becomes enamoured of a king of Albany, (I suppose Scotland) and espouses him, on the condition of his never attempting to see her pendant sa gesine. She bears him three daughters at a birth; the first named Melusine, the second Melior, and the third Palatine. The king, forgetful of his compact, enters her apartment during the period of her accouchement; and the fay, after reproaching him with his breach of promise, quits him for ever, and retires with her daughters into the isle of Avalon. These, arriving at years of discretion, are instructed in the disloyalty of their father, which they secretly...show more

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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236544862
  • 9781236544865