The Students France; A History of France from the Earliest Times to the Establishment of the Second Empire in 1852

The Students France; A History of France from the Earliest Times to the Establishment of the Second Empire in 1852

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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. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ...A.D. 1589. HENRY OF NAVARRE RECOGNIZED AS KING. 365 1. THE news of the assassination was received with an extravagant burst of rejoicing in the besieged capital. The Duchesses ot' Nemours and Montpensier paraded the streets in triumph; Jacques Clement was celebrated as a martyr and invoked as a saint; the Leaguers exulted and congratulated each other, as if the final success of their cause were already achieved. The Guises, however, although the course of events seemed now to have placed the crown within their reach, hesitated to take advantage of the opportunity. The Duke of Mayenne was much inferior in genius and daring to his elder brother, and shrunk from causing a division of his party. He proclaimed the Cardinal of Bourbon (then a prisoner at Tours) king, by the title of Charles X., and contented himself with the appointment of " Lieutenant General of the State and Crown of France." 1n the camp of St. Cloud the confusion and perplexity were at first extreme. The Catholic nobles, notwithstanding their recent engagement, showed a strong disinclination to accept the succession of the Huguenot Henry of Bourbon; they held a meeting, and placed before him in plain terms the alternative of remaining simply King of Navarre if he persisted in his heresy, or of embracing Catholicism and becoming King of France. Henry remonstrated with dignity against this rude treatment, and pointed out that such a. sudden change of profession could only be expected from a man with no fi-xed belief at all. At the same time he declared himself ready to submit to the instruction of 0. national council, and to give all necessary guarantees-for the security of the Catholic religion. After some farther discussion, it was agreed to recognize more

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  • Paperback | 350 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 19mm | 626g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236962842
  • 9781236962843