The Story of France from the Earliest Times to the Consulate of Napoleon Bonaparte Volume 1

The Story of France from the Earliest Times to the Consulate of Napoleon Bonaparte Volume 1

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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. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ... this supreme moment when his life was going out. He ordered his cloak thrown over him so that his troops might not know who had fallen, and he died thus, while his triumphant and devoted troops were pouring over the walls. When the soldiers heard of his death, which they did very soon, their fury was redoubled. The streets of the Eternal City rang with the fearful cry of "Slay, slay! Blood, blood! Bourbon, Bourbon!" With no strong hand to curb it, the lust of vindictive A.d. passion, of greed, and of carnage, raged in Rome fiercely 162' and without restraint. Every horror known to war was felt by the miserable inhabitants. During nine months they were at the mercy of a brutal soldiery, who felt justified in retaliating upon them every outrage Catholics had inflicted upon Lutherans. The Pope himself was a prisoner, shut up in the castle of St. Angelo. In the memoirs of that wonderful artist and consummate knave, Benvenuto Cellini, we are told that he fired the shot which ended the tragic career of the greatest of the Bourbons. The statement may be true. Another account is that the sentinel fired the shot, as he was running away from his post. Still another story is that a priest was the slayer. Whoever he was, the marksman interfered with some interesting history, for there is no doubt whatever that Bourbon intended to carve out for himself an Italian kingdom. He was the idol of the troops, a born leader, organizer, and fighter; he was the ablest general of his time, and had he lived, history would have been differently written. The situation of the Pope was pitiable in the extreme. His alliance with Francis I. had ruined him, ruined Rome, almost ruined Italy. And where was Francis? What was he doing all this while? Why was there no...show more

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  • Paperback | 190 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 349g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123665546X
  • 9781236655462