Memoirs of Anne; Duchess of Brittany, Twice Queen of France

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General Books LLC, 2009 - Literary Collections - 270 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. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ...The Duchess Isabella, wife of Galeazzo, daughter of Alphonso, who was striving with Charles himself for the possession of Naples, observing the pity expressed in the face of Charles, took this opportunity of seeking an interview with him, and throwing herself at his feet, entreated his protection for herself and her infant son; she implored Charles also to have compassion on her father, Alphonso, and to spare him and his country. Charles was deeply moved, but his ambitious aspirations soon got the better of his compassion for the unhappy Princess, whose tears had nearly turned him from his purpose, as he looked on her singular beauty, her youth, and her agony. With soft words he reassured her as much as he could, but she saw, only too plainly, that his purpose was unchanged. Onwards he went, and when he paused at Piacenza news reached him that the ill-fated Duke Giovanni was no more. Ludovico, who had accompanied Charles, instantly returned to Milan, and lost not a moment in getting himself proclaimed in the place of the infant heir. The eyes of Charles were now opened as to the character of the man who had seduced him to undertake the great enterprise in which he had so hastily embarked; and he and his friends saw but too plainly that Ludovico was not to be depended on, and had much misrepresented the friendly feeling of the other Princes of Italy towards France. However, he was so far on his way that " returning were as tedious as go HONEST CITIZEN. 207 on," and ho took heart again when two Princes of the house of Medici joined him secretly, to entreat that he would proceed at once to Florence, where the citizens anxiously awaited him to deliver them from the tyranny of Pietro de' Medici, who was as inimical to the interests of his country as...

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