The Tragedy of Isabella, II

The Tragedy of Isabella, II

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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. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ..." absurd and iniquitous pretension to dictate to an independent sovereign the choice on which the happiness of her private life and the destinies of her country depended." He was moved not merely by zeal for English interests, which he thought that he understood better than Lord Aberdeen, but also by " pity for the young princess about to be so hopelessly sacrificed," and "resent to the haughty heartlessness with which his sacrifice was demanded" by a French Minister personally obnoxious to him; and he went so far as to convey a letter from Cristina to Prince Leopold; the letter being, in effect, as he knew, a proposal of marriage. And then, in vulgar parlance, the fat was in the fire. Guizot had the advantage, throughout the transaction, of being absolutely unscrupulous, and absolutely sure of what he wanted. He knew perfectly well that the choice which he offered Isabella was no choice at all: that Spanish public opinion would no more accept Don Enrique as her husband than it would accept Count Trapani. He had astutely narrowed the issue, and sapped and mined his way to his objective: the marriage of Isabella to a nonentity, coupled with the marriage of her sister to a French Prince. The mere countenancing by Bulwer of an attempt to evade that result seemed to him an act of perfidy. He complained to Lord Aberdeen, who apologised, and reprimanded Bulwer. Bulwer tendered his resignation; but Lord Aberdeen declined to accept it. That was the situation when Peel's Cabinet fell, at the end of June 1846, and Lord Aberdeen was succeeded at the Foreign Office by Lord Palmerston; and Guizot's attitude at that moment is delightfully defined in a dispatch addressed to Bresson at Madrid, and dealing with a letter which...show more

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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236618106
  • 9781236618108