A Popular Modern History

A Popular Modern History

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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. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ...and lamentations melted the spectators. As they bound her to the stake, she asked for a cross, which an Englishman immediately made for her out of the end of a stick. She took it gratefully, kissed it with devotion, and then hid it hastily away in her bosom. "0 Jesus!" she cried with a loud voice, as the faggots were lit, and she felt the flames. Her friendly friar, who had all along attended her, being, as she thought, in danger from the fire and heat, was gently requested by her to keep aloof from inconvenience or danger, but to hold up the crucifix before her until she was dead. Even the executioner bestirred the pile in pity, that its operation might shorten her sufferings; but as the smoke and agony distressed her, she called for holy water, implored the divine assistance, invoking the blessed saints, now and then shrieking or groamng, yet always praying. At length her poor head was seen to fall on one side, and the name of our Saviour, pronounced in a loud voice, was the last word she uttered. "So perished," says a modern historian, "after the incarceration of a year, and by this inhuman death, the heroic Maid of Orleans. No deliverer of a country has ever appeared who has merited a more liberal fame, or achieved the great enterprise amid difficulties more arduous, or with purer disinterestedness." France herself has thought so, and with reason. The genius of Joan seems to have electrified every province. Bedford died in A.d. 1435; and Philip, Duke of Burgundy, about the same period seceded from his English alliance. Paris, as well as most of the other cities, then hastened to throw off an odious yoke; Normandy and Guienne, with the entire inheritance of Henry II. and Eleanor, --all the conquests of the Edwards...show more

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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 354g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236602226
  • 9781236602220