Castles and Chateaux of Old Touraine and the Loire Country

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L. C. Page, 1906 - Castles - 347 pages
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Page 79 - Coligni, and where he lay long uncovered, until an old carpet was found in which to wrap his corpse. Catherine, listening breathlessly, hears the council assembling. Heavy footsteps are passing backwards and forwards through the guard-room overhead to the royal gallery where the council is to meet. Then all is hushed, and the face of the dying queen flushes with hope, and her hands clasp themselves...
Page 8 - ... wait the end of age. When shall I see, when shall I see, God knows ! My little village smoke; or pass the door, The old dear door of that unhappy house That is to me a kingdom and much more ? Mightier to me the house my fathers made Than your audacious heads, O Halls of Rome ! More than immortal marbles undecayed, The thin sad slates that cover up my home ; More than your Tiber is my Loire to me, Than Palatine my little Lyre there; And more than all the winds of all the sea The quiet kindness...
Page 161 - FAREWELL, beloved France, to thee, Best native land ! The, cherished strand That nursed my tender infancy ! Farewell, my childhood's happy day ! The. bark that bears me thus away Bears but the poorer moiety hence; The nobler half remains with thee, — I leave it to thy confidence, But to remind thee still of me ! 452 453 PHILIPPE DESPORTBS.
Page 300 - Fut placé un grand cœur, qu'ong dame eut au monde : Anne fut le nom d'elle; en France deux fois royne...
Page 185 - ... occupation, and even began to like it. I became interested in chemistry, and went through several courses at M. Rouelle's, together with M. de Francueil, and we proceeded, to the best of our ability, to fill quires of paper with our scribblings upon this science, of which we scarcely knew the elements. In 1747 we went to spend the autumn in Touraine, at the Chateau of Chenonceaux, a Royal mansion upon the Cher, built by Henri II. for Diana of Poitiers, whose monogram may still be seen there,...
Page v - CASTLES AND CHATEAUX OF OLD TOURAINE. and the Loire Country. By FRANCIS MILTOUN and BLANCHE MCMANUS. With seventy illustrations reproduced from paintings made on the spot, and maps, plans, etc. In large crown 8vo, cloth richly gilt, gilt top, 7s. 6d. net. " One of the most delightful travel books that we have come across for some time.
Page 185 - ... 1747," says Jean-Jacques Rousseau, in his "Confessions," "we went to spend the autumn in Touraine, at the Chateau of Chenonceaux, a royal residence upon the Cher, built by Henry II. for Diana of Poitiers, whose initials are still to be seen there, and now in possession of M. Dupin, the farmergeneral. We amused ourselves greatly in this fine spot; the living was of the best, and I became as fat as a monk. We made a great deal of music, and acted comedies.
Page 161 - FAREWBLL, beloved France to thee, Best native land ! The cherished strand That nursed my tender infancy ! Farewell, my childhood's happy day! The bark that bears me thus away Bears but the poorer moiety hence ; The nobler half remains with thee, — I leave it to thy confidence, But to remind thee still of me ! FRANCOIS DE MALHERBE.
Page 123 - ... ya deux statues de marbre représentant des personnages ayant le même costume et la même attitude ; elles font partie d'un monument orné d'arcades et de statues de marbre et portant cette épitaphe : (Dessin de deux hommes agenouillés : à gauche Georges d'Amboise, à droite Humbert Villiet*.) Pastor eram cleri, populi pater, Aurea sese Lilia subdebant, quercus et ipsa mihi...
Page 175 - It is out of keeping with the grand fabric of the chateau, and it is a pity that it does not cast itself adrift some night. What has become of the gondolier, who was imported to keep the craft company, nobody seems to know. He is certainly not in evidence, or, if he is, has transformed himself into a groom or a chauffeur.

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