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The Golden Age in Transylvania   By: (1825-1904)

The Golden Age in Transylvania by Mór Jókai

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THE GOLDEN AGE IN TRANSYLVANIA

Publisher's Note.

This delightful historical romance by Jokai (pronounced by critics his best), is published in England under the title of "Midst the Wild Carpathians." This, the American edition, is printed in a more readable type, making a volume of one hundred additional pages.

The scene of the story is laid in Transylvania; the time is the close of the seventeenth century, and the incidents relate to the reign of Michel Apafi, whom the Turks raised to the throne, ending with the murder of Denis Banfi, the last of the powerful Transylvanian barons. The story which has more than simple basis of truth, is absorbingly interesting and displays all the virility of Jokai's powers, his genius of description, his keenness of characterization, his subtlety of humor and his consummate art in the progression of the novel from one apparent climax to another.

THE GOLDEN AGE IN TRANSYLVANIA

BY MAURUS JOKAI

Author of "Black Diamonds," "Peter the Priest," Etc., Etc.

TRANSLATED BY S. L. AND A. V. WAITE

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NEW YORK R. F. FENNO & COMPANY 9 and 11 EAST 16th STREET 1898

Copyright 1898 BY R. F. FENNO & COMPANY

The Golden Age in Transylvania

TABLE OF CONTENTS

I. A HUNTING PARTY IN THE YEAR 1666 7 II. THE HOUSE IN EBESFALVA 32 III. A PRINCE BY COMPULSION 45 IV. THE HUNGARIAN PRINCES IN BANQUET 60 V. CASTLE BODOLA 69 VI. THE BATTLE OF NAGY SZÖLLÖS 86 VII. THE PRINCESS 107 VIII. AZRAELE 130 IX. THE PRINCE AND HIS MINISTER 143 X. THE LIEUTENANT OF THE ROUNDS 170 XI. SANGA MOARTA 184 XII. A GREAT LORD IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY 215 XIII. THE NIGHT 243 XIV. THE COURT OF JUSTICE IN THE BANQUET HALL 266 XV. THE DIET OF KARLSBURG 279 XVI. THE LEAGUE 297 XVII. DEATH FOR A KISS 308 XVIII. WIFE AND ODALISQUE 325 XIX. THE JUDGMENT 356

THE GOLDEN AGE IN TRANSYLVANIA

CHAPTER I

A HUNTING PARTY IN THE YEAR 1666

Before we cross the Kiralyhago, let us cast a parting glance at Hungary. I will unroll before your eyes a scene, partly the result of an adverse fate, partly of a dark mystery, representing joy and also deep sorrow. An incident of a moment becomes the turning point of a whole century.

My soul is saddened by the images thus conjured up; the figures out of the past blind my sight. Would that my hand were mighty enough to write down what my soul sees in that magic mirror. May your impressions, your recollections, complete the scene wherever the writer fails through weariness.

We find ourselves in the valley of the Drave, in one of those boundless tracts where even the wild beasts lose themselves. Here are primeval forests, the roots of which rest in the water of a great swamp encircled not by water lilies and reed grass, but by giant trees whose branches, dropping below the surface, form new roots in the quickening water. Here the swan builds its nest; this is the haunt of the heron and all those wild creatures one of which only now and then marches out into more frequented regions. On the higher ground, where in late summer the waters ebb, spring such flowers as might have been seen just after the deluge, so luxuriant and so strange is their mighty growth out of the slimy mud. The branches of ivy, stout as grape vines, reach from tree to tree winding about the trunks and decking the dark maples as if some wood nymph had garlanded her own consecrated grove... Continue reading book >>




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