Autobiography of Miss Cornelia Knight; Lady Companion to the Princess Charlotte of Wales, with Extracts from Her Journals and Anecdote Books

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General Books LLC, 2009 - History - 186 pages
This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1861. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... rome. 61 chapter V. residence at rome--ceremony at st-peter'S--midsummer madness--anecdote of M. clermont--the ambassador and the actresspope ganganelli." On the 28th of June, 1780, being St. Peter's-eve, we went to a house near the bridge of St. Angelo to see the Constable Colonna conveying the tributehorse, which was annually presented to the Pope by the King of Naples. The procession commenced with the Pope's light horse, sent to escort the constable. Then came the servants of several cardinals and princes in their liveries, in attendance upon some of their gentlemen on horseback with black mantles. The constable's were the last, with their mantles turned back with gold stuff. Next followed the horse, richly caparisoned, the present--a silver flower--being carried on his back. Behind the animal came the constable, preceded by his pages in lilac and silver, and by his first gentlemen. He was dressed in light brown, with a mantle, and was mounted on a beautiful horse: he himself was a pretty figure. His state carriages followed him. The first was a chariot, which belonged to his uncle, Cardinal Pamfili, when he was nuncio in France, and the second one was a coach, richly ornamented, belonging to the King of Naples, whom he represented as ambassador; the rest were of various colours, but all drawn by fine horses. When they arrived at St. Peter's, the guns of St. Angelo were fired, and after them a volley of musketry. We entered St. Peter's a few minutes b...

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