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The Branding Needle, or The Monastery of Charolles A Tale of the First Communal Charter   By: (1804-1857)

The Branding Needle, or The Monastery of Charolles A Tale of the First Communal Charter by Eugène Sue

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THE BRANDING NEEDLE

THE FULL SERIES OF

The Mysteries of the People

: : OR : :

History of a Proletarian Family Across the Ages

By EUGENE SUE

Consisting of the Following Works:

THE GOLD SICKLE; or, Hena the Virgin of the Isle of Sen .

THE BRASS BELL; or, The Chariot of Death .

THE IRON COLLAR; or, Faustine and Syomara .

THE SILVER CROSS; or, The Carpenter of Nazareth .

THE CASQUE'S LARK; or, Victoria, the Mother of the Camps .

THE PONIARD'S HILT; or, Karadeucq and Ronan .

THE BRANDING NEEDLE; or, The Monastery of Charolles .

THE ABBATIAL CROSIER; or, Bonaik and Septimine .

THE CARLOVINGIAN COINS; or, The Daughters of Charlemagne .

THE IRON ARROW HEAD; or, The Buckler Maiden .

THE INFANT'S SKULL; or, The End of the World .

THE PILGRIM'S SHELL; or, Fergan the Quarryman .

THE IRON PINCERS; or, Mylio and Karvel .

THE IRON TREVET; or, Jocelyn the Champion .

THE EXECUTIONER'S KNIFE; or, Joan of Arc .

THE POCKET BIBLE; or, Christian the Printer .

THE BLACKSMITH'S HAMMER; or, The Peasant Code .

THE SWORD OF HONOR; or, The Foundation of the French Republic .

THE GALLEY SLAVE'S RING; or, The Family Lebrenn .

Published Uniform With This Volume By

THE NEW YORK LABOR NEWS CO.

28 CITY HALL PLACE NEW YORK CITY

THE BRANDING NEEDLE

:: :: OR :: ::

THE MONASTERY OF CHAROLLES

A Tale of the First Communal Charter

By EUGENE SUE

TRANSLATED FROM THE ORIGINAL FRENCH BY

DANIEL DE LEON

NEW YORK LABOR NEWS COMPANY, 1908

Copyright, 1908, by the NEW YORK LABOR NEWS CO.

INDEX

PART I. THE VALLEY OF CHAROLLES.

CHAP. I. THE SIGNAL 5

II. THE ANNUAL CELEBRATION 15

III. ON THE WATCH AT THE RIVER 24

IV. FREDEGONDE AND BRUNHILD 27

V. THE ASSAULT 33

PART II. THE CASTLE OF BRUNHILD.

CHAP. I. THE TOWER ROOM 47

II. QUEEN AND CONFIDANTE 56

III. THE ROYAL FAMILY 66

IV. QUEEN AND MAYOR OF THE PALACE 69

V. LOYSIK AND BRUNHILD 79

PART III. THE CAMP OF CLOTAIRE II.

CHAP. I. WEEDING KINGLETS 93

II. AT BAY 101

III. THE DEATH OF BRUNHILD 109

EPILOGUE 120

TRANSLATOR'S PREFACE

Semiramis, Brunhild, Catherine of Medicis constitute a trinity of historic women unique in their greatness. Their ambition was boundless, their intellectual powers matchless, the depths of their immorality unfathomable. As such they were the scourges of their respective ages. Queen Brunhild, a central figure in this superb story, may be said to be the Sixth Century heiress of the Semiramis of over ten centuries earlier, and the progenitor of the Catherine of nearly ten centuries later, who figures later in the sixteenth story of this series of Eugene Sue's of historic novels named by him The Mysteries of the People; or, History of a Proletarian Family Across the Ages .

This story The Branding Needle; or The Monastery of Charolles is the seventh of the series. Both in the tragic picture of Brunhild, and of the rustic, industrial and peaceful picture of the settlement of Charolles, the story constitutes a connecting link between the turbulence of the previous story The Poniard's Hilt; or, Karadeucq and Ronan and the renewed turbulence of the age depicted in the story that follows The Abbatial Crosier; or, Bonaik and Septimine .

With much color of truth does Eugene Sue look upon the settlement of Charolles as the remote yet initial step to the Communes which, a few centuries later, constituted a marked feature of the history of France, and ultimately led to historic events of world wide importance. The circumstances under which the royal charter of Charolles was granted, described with historic accuracy, its perils and its vicissitudes, unfold a page of history of no slight value to the student of history, and of fascinating interest to the lover of historic narratives... Continue reading book >>




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