Gaspard de Coligny (marquis de Châtillon): Admiral of France, Colonel of French Infantry, Governor of Picardy, Île de France, Paris, and Havre

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G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1879 - 231 من الصفحات
 

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الصفحة 157 - Are you prepared to hear of defection, to receive the reproaches of partisans as well as enemies, treasons of your friends, exile, shame, nakedness, hunger, even the hunger of your own children, your own death by an executioner, after that of your husband ? I give you three weeks to consider." " They are gone already,
الصفحة 196 - Catholics could realise the fact that he was not still hiding behind St. Jean d'Angely. Catherine gave way, as she always did, trusting once more, like her ally, Philip, to time. On the 8th of August, 1570, a treaty was signed at St. Germain-en-Laye, which gave the Reformed liberty of religion in every town they then held, complete civil equality, freedom from all disabilities in the universities, schools, and hospitals, and, as guarantees of good faith, the towns of La Rochelle, Cognac, Montauban,...
الصفحة 213 - Are you the Admiral?" he asked. "I am," replied Coligny. Then looking in the face of his assassin, he said, calmly, "Young man, you ought to consider my age and my infirmity. But you will not make my life shorter " — meaning that he was already, by reason of his wounds, at the point of death. Besme plunged the sword into his breast, and gave him a second blow upon the head. The other soldiers, who had crowded into the room, despatched him with daggers. "Besme! Besme!" cried the Duke of Guise from...
الصفحة 196 - Coligny who disciplined the unruly soldiery, trying to maintain among them, even in civil war, the virtues of the Christian life ; only for Coligny would the jealous chiefs work in concert ; to the common sense of Coligny only would the fanatic ministers defer their zeal ; he it was, and none other, whom his party trusted. And — which has been given to few men — it was Coligny alone whom the Catholics trusted. There can be no stronger tribute to his worth than the fact that even Catherine, the...
الصفحة 191 - ... any terms that could be obtained. Coligny was determined that there should be no peace until religious liberty was obtained. Once more he wrote to Jeanne d'Albret for assistance. Once more that incomparable woman came to the camp, bringing with her the proceeds of all her jewels, which she had sold and pawned, and again harangued the soldiers. Her eloquence, coupled, no doubt, with the arrears of pay, revived the courage of the soldiers.
الصفحة 33 - It seems to me,' says Brantôme, 'that Francis never had a more discreet, courteous, and generous man. I have heard those who were at the Courts of Francis I. and Henry II. say that the disgrace of his friends never shook his...
الصفحة 190 - Condi's death and the youth of Henry made the Admiral, for the first time, absolute master. It is chiefly in this, the last period of his military career, that we ever see his real genius. Crushed at Jarnac, he is ready a week later to take the field again. He wins the battle of Roche Abeille, he overruns Poitou, and the spirits of the Huguenots rise again. Among the gentlemen volunteers of his army was one, a youth of eighteen, of special interest to ourselves. Walter Raleigh fought his first battle...
الصفحة 160 - The merchants, usurers, bankers, and other racquedeniers, down to the very priests, who keep their crowns hidden away in their coffers, would have lent nothing without great interest and excessive usury, either by purchase or mortgages of land, goods, and houses at low price ; but this bonne guerre civile repaired all their fortunes, so...
الصفحة 184 - Noyers he wrote again to the King, bitterly complaining that some one was blinding his eyes to the real state of the kingdom. Catherine answered the letter by renewed promises of justice, giving immediate proofs of her honesty by the appointment of Tavannes, the Admiral's bitter enemy, to investigate the affair. Coligny's letters show his appreciation of her intentions : ' Madame,' he writes, ' it is not possible to express better, in writing, a disposition to do justice.

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