Remarkable Deeds and Great Events; Being Stray Leaves from History, Biography, Nature, and Science

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 202 pages
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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. 1859. Excerpt: ... ELIZABETH OF HUNGARY. In the beginning of the thirteenth century, Hermann, Landgrave of Thuringia and of Hesse, and Count Palatine of Saxony, ranked amongst the greatest princes of Germany. He was allied to Frederick Barbarossa, to the houses of Bohemia, Saxony, Bavaria and Austria; he made and.unmade emperors at his pleasure, and ruled over vast dominions, that extended from the Lahu to the Elbe. Warned, it is said, by a. prediction of the celebrated Klingsohr, minstrel and necromancer, the landgrave resolved, in the year 1211, to request, for his oldest son, Lewis, the hand of Elizabeth of Hungary, then four years of age. An embassy of noble lords and ladies was sent to the court of the pious and warlike Andrew II., King of Hungary. Both Andrew and his wife Gertrude agreed to give their daughter in marriage to the son of Hermann. The little 13 (14n Elizabeth, clothed in a robe of silk, embroidered with gold and silver, was brought in a cradle of massive gold, and given up to the Thuringian ambassadors. "I confide her to your knightly honour," said the king to the Lord of Varila, the chief of the knights of Thuringia. After three days spent in rejoicing, the embassy, laden with rich presents, took away the young princess to the land of her future husband. She was solemnly betrothed to him immediately on her arrival, and brought up with him at the court of the landgrave. Lewis was then eleven years old, and the two children, according to the cnstom of the times, gave one another the tender and familiar names of brother and sister. Elizabeth was about nine years old when the landgrave, who had always loved her very tenderly, died. Her betrothed was now sovereign prince; but he was still too young to rnle his dominions, or to possess any power. With the lan...

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