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The Iron Trevet or Jocelyn the Champion A Tale of the Jacquerie   By: (1804-1857)

The Iron Trevet or Jocelyn the Champion A Tale of the Jacquerie by Eugène Sue

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THE IRON TREVET

OR

JOCELYN THE CHAMPION

A Tale of the Jacquerie

By EUGENE SUE

TRANSLATED FROM THE ORIGINAL FRENCH BY DANIEL DE LEON

NEW YORK LABOR NEWS COMPANY, 1906

Copyright, 1906, by the NEW YORK LABOR NEWS CO.

TRANSLATOR'S PREFACE.

Etienne Marcel, John Maillart, William Caillet, Adam the Devil and Charles the Wicked, King of Navarre, are the five leading personages in this story. Their figures and actions, the virtues and foibles of the ones, the vices of the others, the errors of all, are drawn with strict historic accuracy, all the five being historic characters. Seeing the historic importance of the epoch in which they figured, and the types that these five men represent, the story of "The Iron Trevet; or, Jocelyn, the Champion" is more than an historic narrative, it is more than a treatise on the philosophy of history, it is a treatise on human nature, it is a compendium of lessons inestimable to whomsoever his or her good or evil genius throws into the clash of human currents, and to those who, though not themselves participants, still may wish to understand that which they are spectators of and which, some way or other, they are themselves affected by and, some way or other, are bound to either support or resist.

In a way, "The Iron Trevet; or, Jocelyn the Champion" is the uniquest of the series of brilliant stories that the genius of Eugene Sue has enriched the world with under the collective title of "The Mysteries of the People" we can recall no other instance in which so much profound and practical instruction is so skillfully clad in the pleasing drapery of fiction, and one within so small a compass.

To America whose youthful years deprive her of historic perspective, this little story, or rather work, can not but be of service. To that vast English speaking world at large, now throbbing with the pulse of awakening aspirations, this translation discloses another treasure trove, long and deliberately held closed to it in the wrappage of the foreign tongue in which the original appeared.

DANIEL DE LEON.

New York, April 13, 1904.

INDEX

Translator's Preface iii

Part I. The Seigniory of Nointel.

Chapter 1. The Tavern of Alison the Huffy 10

Chapter 2. The Amende Honorable 26

Chapter 3. The Tournament 34

Chapter 4. The Judicial Combat 39

Chapter 5. Sheet Lightenings 50

Chapter 6. Prophecies and Premonitions 58

Chapter 7. Wrecked Hearts 65

Part II. The Regency of Normandy.

Chapter 1. The States General 74

Chapter 2. Etienne Marcel 77

Chapter 3. The Man of the Furred Cap 83

Chapter 4. The Serpent Under the Grass 97

Chapter 5. Charles the Wicked 105

Chapter 6. The Meeting at the Cordeliers 118

Chapter 7. Popular Justice 126

Chapter 8. "The Hour Has Sounded!" 143

Part III. The Jacquerie.

Chapter 1. Captain Griffith and His Chaplain 154

Chapter 2. The Fox's Burrow 161

Chapter 3. The Castle of Chivry 175

Chapter 4. Jacquerie! Jacquerie! 180

Chapter 5. The Orville Bridge 191

Chapter 6. "On to Clermont!" 207

Chapter 7. Clermont 211

Part IV. John Maillart.

Chapter 1. The Wages of Envy 228

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