The life of Marguerite d'Angoulême,Queen of Navarre, Duchesse d'Alençon and de Berry ...: from numerous unpublished sources, including ms. documents in the Bibliothèque imperiale,nd the Archives du Royaume de France, and also the private correspondence of Queen Marguerite with Francis I, &c, Volume 2

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Hurst and Blackett, 1856 - Biography & Autobiography
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Page 336 - The work is written by a lady of considerable learning, indefatigable industry, and careful judgment. All these qualifications for a biographer and an historian she has brought to bear upon the subject of her volumes, and from them has resulted a narrative interesting to all, and more particularly interesting to that portion of the community to •whom the more refined researches of literature afford pleasure and instruction. The whole work should be read, and no doubt will be read, by all who are...
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Page 341 - ... history of this country. The Princesses of England, on the contrary, are themselves English, but their lives are nearly all connected with foreign nations. Their biographies, consequently, afford us a glimpse of the manners and customs of the chief European kingdoms, a circumstance which not only gives to the work the charm of variety, but which is likely to render it peculiarly useful to the general reader, as it links together by association the contemporaneous history of various nations. The...
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