Catherine de Medici by Honoré de Balzac, Katharine Prescott Wormeley

By Honoré de Balzac, Katharine Prescott Wormeley

Philosophical experiences from The Human Comedy (La Comedie Humaine). includes The Calvinist Martyr, The Ruggieri's mystery and the 2 goals. by means of the French writer, who, besides Flaubert, is mostly considered as a founding-father of realism in ecu fiction. His huge output of works, jointly entitled The Human Comedy (La Comedie Humaine), involves ninety five complete works (stories, novels and essays) and forty eight unfinished works. His tales are an try and understand and depict the realities of lifestyles in modern bourgeois France. they're put in a number of settings, with characters reappearing in a number of tales.

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The father of Catherine, married in 1518, for his second wife, Madeleine de la Tour de Boulogne, in Auvergne, and died April 25, 1519, a few days after his wife, who died in giving birth to Catherine. Catherine was therefore orphaned of father and mother as soon as she drew breath. Hence the strange adventures of her childhood, mixed up as they were with the bloody efforts of the Florentines, then seeking to recover their liberty from the Medici. The latter, desirous of continuing to reign in Florence, behaved with such circumspection that Lorenzo, Catherine's father, had taken the name of Duke d'Urbino.

The prince had the imprudence--it being the month of August, and the weather very hot--to ask for a glass of water, which Montecuculi, as his cup-bearer, gave to him, with ice in it. The dauphin died almost immediately. Francois I. adored his son. The dauphin was, according to all accounts, a charming young man. His father, in despair, gave the utmost publicity to the proceedings against Montecuculi, which he placed in the hands of the most able magistrates of that day. The count, after heroically enduring the first tortures without confessing anything, finally made admissions by which he implicated Charles V.

This galley, the decoration of which cost twenty thousand ducats, contained several apartments destined for the bride of Henri of France, all of which were furnished with the richest treasures of art the Medici could collect. The rowers, magnificently apparelled, and the crew were under the command of a prior of the order of the Knights of Rhodes. The household of the Pope were in three other galleys. , added to the size and dignity of the flotilla. Duke Alessandro presented the officers of Catherine's household to the Pope, with whom he had a secret conference, in which, it would appear, he presented to his Holiness Count Sebastiano Montecuculi, who had just left, somewhat abruptly, the service of Charles V.

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