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The Fighting Governor A Chronicle of Frontenac   By: (1867-1955)

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In "The Fighting Governor: A Chronicle of Frontenac," author Charles W. Colby provides a gripping account of the life and achievements of Louis de Buade, Comte de Frontenac, a powerful figure in the history of New France. Colby's comprehensive research and engaging narrative style make this biography a must-read for history enthusiasts and scholars alike.

One of the book's greatest strengths is the author's ability to bring the past to life. Through meticulous detail and vivid descriptions, Colby transports readers to 17th-century North America, with its sprawling wilderness, indigenous peoples, and political intrigue. The portrayal of Frontenac's challenges and triumphs during this tumultuous era offers valuable insights into the complexities of early colonial life.

Colby skillfully balances the personal and political aspects of Frontenac's story, ensuring that readers not only understand the governor's military strategies and policies but also gain an intimate understanding of his personality. The book addresses Frontenac's reputation as a fierce and bold leader head-on, exploring both his successes and his occasional missteps. This nuanced approach to character analysis helps to humanize Frontenac, making him a relatable and dynamic figure throughout the narrative.

The author's ability to seamlessly integrate primary sources adds depth and authenticity to the narrative. By drawing extensively from Frontenac's personal correspondence and contemporary accounts, Colby allows readers to hear the governor's voice firsthand. This approach helps to shape a comprehensive and well-rounded portrait of the man behind the military victories.

While the book excels in many areas, it occasionally becomes bogged down in political intricacies and administrative details. Some readers might find themselves overwhelmed by the various alliances, conflicts, and power struggles that Colby meticulously documents. However, this level of detailed analysis is also a testament to the author's thorough research, and it ultimately adds depth and context to the story.

"The Fighting Governor" is a valuable contribution to the study of early Canadian history. Charles W. Colby's deep understanding of the subject matter and his ability to engage readers with his storytelling makes this biography both informative and enjoyable. It is a testament to the bravery and resilience of one man, as well as a fascinating exploration of the larger historical forces at play in colonial North America.

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[Frontispiece: FRONTENAC ANSWERING PHIPS'S MESSENGER, 1690. From a colour drawing by C. W. Jefferys]

THE FIGHTING

GOVERNOR

A Chronicle of Frontenac

BY

CHARLES W. COLBY

TORONTO

GLASGOW, BROOK & COMPANY

1915

Copyright in all Countries subscribing to the Berne Convention

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CONTENTS

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I. CANADA IN 1672 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 II. LOUIS DE BUADE, COMTE DE FRONTENAC . . . . . . . . . . . 17 III. FRONTENAC'S FIRST YEARS IN CANADA . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 IV. GOVERNOR, BISHOP, AND INTENDANT . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 V. FRONTENAC'S PUBLIC POLICY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 VI. THE LURID INTERVAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 VII. THE GREAT STRUGGLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 VIII. FRONTENAC'S LAST DAYS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135 BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162 INDEX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164

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ILLUSTRATIONS

FRONTENAC ANSWERING PHIPS'S MESSENGER, 1690 . . . . Frontispiece From a colour drawing by C. W. Jefferys.

LADY FRONTENAC . . . . . . . . . . . ... Continue reading book >>




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