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Marguerite de Valois von Dumas, Alexandre (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 09.09.2016
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Marguerite de Valois

Monsieur de Guise's Latin The Queen of Navarre's Bedchamber. The Poet-king The Evening of the 24th of August, 1572 Of the Louvre in Particular, and Of Virtue in General The Debt Paid The Night of the 24th of August, 1572 The Massacre The Murderers Death, Mass, Or the Bastille The Hawthorn of the Cemetery of The Innocents Mutual Confidences How There Are Keys Which Open Doors They Are Not Meant for The Second Marriage Night What Woman Wills, God Wills A Dead Enemy's Body Always Smells Sweet Maître Ambroise Paré's Confrère The Ghosts The Abode of Maître Réné, Perfumer To the Queen Mother The Black Hens Madame de Sauve's Apartment 'sire, You Shall Be King' A New Convert The Rue Tizon and the Rue Cloche Percée The Cherry-colored Cloak Margarita The Hand of God The Letter From Rome The Departure Maurevel The Hunt Fraternity The Gratitude of King Charles IX Man Proposes But God Disposes A Night of Kings The Anagram The Return To the Louvre The Girdle of the Queen Mother Projects of Revenge The Atrides The Horoscope Confidences The Ambassadors Orestes and Pylades Orthon The Inn of la Belle Étoile De Mouy de Saint Phale Two Heads for One Crown The Treatise on Hunting Hawking The Pavilion of François I The Examination Actéon The Forest of Vincennes The Figure of Wax The Invisible Bucklers The Judges The Torture of the Boot The Chapel The Place Saint Jean En Grève The Headsman's Tower The Sweat of Blood The Donjon of the Prison of Vincennes The Regency The King Is Dead! Long Live The King! Epilogue


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    Erscheinungsdatum: 09.09.2016
    Sprache: Englisch
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Marguerite de Valois

Alexandre Dumas



On Monday, the 18th of August, 1572, there was a splendid festival at the Louvre.

The ordinarily gloomy windows of the ancient royal residence were brilliantly lighted, and the squares and streets adjacent, usually so solitary after Saint Germain l'Auxerrois had struck the hour of nine, were crowded with people, although it was past midnight.

The vast, threatening, eager, turbulent throng resembled, in the darkness, a black and tumbling sea, each billow of which makes a roaring breaker; this sea, flowing through the Rue des Fossés Saint Germain and the Rue de l'Astruce and covering the quay, surged against the base of the walls of the Louvre, and, in its refluent tide, against the Hôtel de Bourbon, which faced it on the other side.

In spite of the royal festival, and perhaps even because of the royal festival, there was something threatening in the appearance of the people, for no doubt was felt that this imposing ceremony which called them there as spectators, was only the prelude to another in which they would participate a week later as invited guests and amuse themselves with all their hearts.

The court was celebrating the marriage of Madame Marguerite de Valois, daughter of Henry II. and sister of King Charles IX., with Henry de Bourbon, King of Navarre. In truth, that very morning, on a stage erected at the entrance to Notre-Dame, the Cardinal de Bourbon had united the young couple with the usual ceremonial observed at the marriages of the royal daughters of France.

This marriage had astonished every one, and occasioned much surmise to certain persons who saw clearer than others. They found it difficult to understand the union of two parties who hated each other so thoroughly as did, at this moment, the Protestant party and the Catholic party; and they wondered how the young Prince de Condé could forgive the Duc d'Anjou, the King's brother, for the death of his father, assassinated at Jarnac by Montesquiou. They asked how the young Duc de Guise could pardon Admiral de Coligny for the death of his father, assassinated at Orléans by Poltrot de Méré.

Moreover, Jeanne de Navarre, the weak Antoine de Bourbon's courageous wife, who had conducted her son Henry to the royal marriage awaiting him, had died scarcely two months before, and singular reports had been spread abroad as to her sudden death. It was everywhere whispered, and in some places said aloud, that she had discovered some terrible secret; and that Catharine de Médicis, fearing its disclosure, had poisoned her with perfumed gloves, which had been made by a man named Réné, a Florentine deeply skilled in such matters. This report was the more widely spread and believed when, after this great queen's death, at her son's request, two celebrated physicians, one of whom was the famous Ambroise Paré, were instructed to open and examine the body, but not the skull. As Jeanne de Navarre had been poisoned by a perfume, only the brain could show any trace of the crime (the one part excluded from dissection). We say crime, for no one doubted that a crime had been committed.

This was not all. King Charles in particular had, with a persistency almost approaching obstinacy, urged this marriage, which not only reëstablished peace in his kingdom, but also attracted to Paris the principal Huguenots of France. As the two betrothed belonged one to the Catholic religion and the other to the reformed religion, they had been obliged to obtain a dispensation from Gregory XIII., who then filled the papal chair. The dispensation was slow in coming, and the delay had caused the late Queen of Navarre great uneasiness. She one day expressed to Charles IX. her fears lest the dispensation should not arrive; to which the King replied:

"Have no anxiety, my dear aunt. I honor you more than I do the Pope, and I love my

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