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Prince Eugene and His Times   By: (1814-1873)

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PRINCE EUGENE AND HIS TIMES

An Historical Novel

BY

L. MUHLBACH

AUTHOR OF FREDERICK THE GREAT AND HIS COURT, THE MERCHANT OF BERLIN, BERLIN AND SANS SOUCI, JOSEPH II. AND HIS COURT, ETC.

TRANSLATED FROM THE GERMAN BY ADELAIDE DeV. CHAUDRON

CONTENTS.

BOOK I.

I. The Countess of Soissons II. The Laboratory III. Prince Eugene IV. The Riot V. Barbesieur Louvois VI. The State Reception VII. Help in Time of Need VIII. The Flight IX. The Parting

BOOK II.

I. Marianna Mancini II. The Trial III. A Skirmish IV. Louvois' Daughter V. The Court Ball VI. The Lady of the Bedchamber VII. The Lady of the Bedchamber VIII. First Love IX. The Betrayal

BOOK III.

I. The Disappointment II. The Foes III. The Repulse IV. The Farewell V. A Page from History VI. The Emperor Leopold I. VII. The Council of War VIII. The Plains of Kitsee IX. The Baptism of Blood X. Vienna XI. The Re enforcements

BOOK IV.

I. The Fall of Buda II. The Friends III. The Marquis Strozzi IV. Laura V. The Regatta VI. The Negotiator VII. The Lovers reunited VIII. Antonio's Expiation IX. The Dungeon

BOOK V.

I. A Twofold Victory II. The Dumb Music III. The Retirement of the Commander in Chief IV. The Fall of Belgrade V. The Marchioness VI. The Flight VII. The Forester's Hut

BOOK VI.

I. Sister Angelica II. Louis the Fourteenth III. The King and the Petitioners IV. The Window that was too large V. The Imperial Diet at Regensburg VI. The Judith of Esslingen VII. Her Return

BOOK VII.

I. The Island of Bliss II. The French in Speier III. The Treasure IV. Caspar's Vengeance V. The Duchess of Orleans VI. The Deliverance of Trier VII. The Fire tongs VIII. Brave Hearts

BOOK VIII.

I. The Advance into France II. The Ravens III. Sick and Well IV. The Duke's Dangerous Illness V. The Marquis Strozzi VI. Insanity and Revenge VII. The Ambrosia VIII. The Betrothal IX. Vengeance

PRINCE EUGENE AND HIS TIMES.

BOOK I.

PRINCE EUGENE, THE LITTLE ABBE

CHAPTER I.

THE COUNTESS OF SOISSONS.

"Is that your last word, madame?" said Louvois, in a tone so emphatic as to be almost threatening.

"My last word," replied the countess, haughtily. "My daughter is too young to marry, and were she older, I would not impose a husband upon her who was not the man of her choice. She shall bestow her hand and heart together."

"Do you mean that it is impossible for your daughter to love my son?" asked Louvois, hastily.

The countess raised her shoulders and smiled superciliously, while from her large black eyes there darted forth a glance that spoke volumes to the mind of the irritated minister.

"It would appear," said she, "that there can be no sympathy between the Mancinis and the Louvois, and that their antipathies are to be perpetuated from generation to generation."

"You would remind me of the similarity which the fate of my son as a wooer bears to that of his father?" asked Louvois. "I do not deny it; the repulse which twenty one years ago I received from Olympia Mancini, she repeats to day in the person of her daughter. But it may be that on some other occasion the Mancinis shall be repulsed by the Louvois."

"A threat?" said the countess, angrily.

Now it was the shoulders of the minister that were raised. "I have sowed love and reaped hate," said he, quietly.

The countess laughed. "Ah," said she, "I see that you have remodelled your speech according to the pious formulary of Madame de Maintenon, and that you seek for your troubadours among the prophets."

"Yes the Scriptural prophets satisfy MY cravings for knowledge," replied Louvois, smiling... Continue reading book >>




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