Short Stories Founded on European History; Italy

Short Stories Founded on European History; Italy

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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. 1853 edition. Excerpt: ...to Barcelona, when contrary winds drove us to the isle of St. Margaret, off the coast of Provence. We had not been there many hours, when a messenger arrived from King Francis, inviting his rival to take shelter in his dominions, and proposing a personal interview with him at Aigues-mortes. Charles, resolved not to be outdone in complaisance, instantly repaired thither. No sooner had we cast anchor in the road, than Francis, relying entirely on the Emperor's honour for his safety, visited him on board my galley'. A touching sight it was, my boy, to witness the meeting of those two great rivals for power!--to behold the warm demonstrations of esteem and affection with which Charles received Francis, and the generous confidence and frank gaiety of the French monarch. The next day the Emperor returned the visit. He landed at Aigues-mortes with as little precaution, and met with a reception equally cordial. He remained on shore all night, the two monarchs vieing with each other in expressions of respect and friendship. Thus, after twenty years of open hostility, or secret enmity--after so many injuries given and endured on both sides--after having openly challenged each other to single combat----after the Emperor had publicly declared Francis to be a prince void of honour or integrity--after Francis had accused him of breach of faith and deceitful conduct--such an interview was most extraordinary and surprising! In one moment all seemed to be forgotten; suspicion and distrust gave place to perfect confidence; and from practising the arts of a deceitful policy, they assumed on a sudden the liberal and open manners of two gallant gentlemen." " It must have greatly astonished you, Signor." " It did, Alberto;...show more

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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236892674
  • 9781236892676