The Works of Walter Scott, Esq Volume 21

The Works of Walter Scott, Esq Volume 21

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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. 1831 edition. Excerpt: ...he had, in fact, the welfare of his unhappy mistress in his view, Mainland ought to have seen that in her present condition she was entirely dependent upon queen Elizabeth, and that any offensive course towards the latter sovereign must necessarily end in the ruin of the former.., . In this respect the proposed marriage of Mary with the duke of Norfolk was sure to gall the English queen upon almost every point where she was most sensitive. Matrimony of any hind, where she was not herself the object, was never found a matter more agreeable to her than it usually is to the female votaresses of _celibacy;; and that of Mary involved a prospect peculiarly disagreeable to her. The marriage of Mary promised to extend those claims of succession of which Elizabeth was sufiiciently jealous oven when they were now limited to a single youth; and she who could oppose by the most violent measures the union of Darnley and the Scottish queen was not likely to be scrupulous when this proposed alliancewith one of the most powerful nobles of England seemed to--renew all the fears which another marriage was sure to awaken. It was well known, also, that the duke in strengthening his party had cultivated the favour of the catholic earls of Northumberland and Westmoreland, who, from motives of religion as well as policy, were sufiiciently disposed to prefer the title of queen Mary to that of Elizabeth. However prudent, therefore, a match between Norfolk and the Scottish queen might have been considered rin the abstract, supposing Mary at liberty and in a capacity to makea free choice, the very surmise of such a connection was fraught with danger, while she was in the power of Elizabeth; and that it should have been suggested by Maitland, is only an additional..show more

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  • Paperback | 104 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 200g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236764811
  • 9781236764812