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The Tangled Skein   By: (1865-1947)

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[Illustration: Did she guess what a dainty picture she made? Page 100]

THE TANGLED SKEIN

By the Same Author

I WILL REPAY THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL BY THE GODS BELOVED THE EMPEROR'S CANDLESTICKS A SON OF THE PEOPLE

THE TANGLED SKEIN

BY THE BARONESS ORCZY

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LONDON GREENING & CO., LTD. 1907 All rights reserved

DEDICATION

TO MY LITTLE SON JACK AND TO HIS SCHOOLMATES AT "RAMSBURY" BIRCHINGTON ON SEA

DEAR BOYS,

It was amongst you all that I wrote the last chapters of this romance. To you, therefore to your growing manhood, your pretty, budding thoughts of chivalry and honour, which I so loved to see developing in the tender atmosphere of your dear little school home by the sea I inscribe and dedicate this record of a noble and good man's life.

EMMUSKA ORCZY.

BIRCHINGTON ON SEA February, 1907

Copyright in The United Kingdom, in the Dominion of Canada, and in the United States of America.

CONTENTS

PART I MIRRAB THE WITCH

CHAP. PAGE I. EAST MOLESEY FAIR 11 II. THE WITCH'S TENT 17 III. MISCHIEF BREWING 23 IV. FRIENDS AND ENEMIES 28 V. LADIES AND GALLANTS 33 VI. THE LADY URSULA 41 VII. HIS GRACE OF WESSEX 46 VIII. SILKEN BONDS 52 IX. THE VEILED WITCH 59

PART II THE LADY URSULA

X. A BEVY OF FAIR MAIDENS 73 XI. THE FAIREST OF THEM ALL 80 XII. INTRIGUES 88 XIII. HIS EMINENCE 93 XIV. THE DESTINIES OF EUROPE 99 XV. THE HAND OF FATE 103 XVI. THE ULTIMATUM 114 XVII. AN ARMED TRUCE 120 XVIII. THE VEILED WITCH 127

PART III A GAME OF CHESS

XIX. THE PAWNS 139 XX. DEPARTURE 153 XXI. THE BLACK KNIGHT 159 XXII. THE WHITE QUEEN 168 XXIII. CHECK TO THE QUEEN 177 XXIV. CHECK TO THE KING 187 XXV. THE CARDINAL'S MOVE 192 XXVI. THE PROVOCATION 198 XXVII. THE FIGHT 204 XXVIII. THE SEQUEL OF THE COMEDY 210 XXIX. CHECK MATE 217

PART IV HIS GRACE OF WESSEX

XXX. THOUGHTS 225 XXXI. MARYE, THE QUEENE 229 XXXII. A BARGAIN 243 XXXIII. IN THE LORD CHANCELLOR'S COURT 252 XXXIV. WESTMINSTER HALL 269 XXXV. THE TRIAL 279 XXXVI. AFTERWARDS 294 XXXVII. THE CARDINAL'S PUPPETS 300 XXXVIII. THE LAST FAREWELL 306 XXXIX. A FORLORN HOPE 314 XL. POOR MIRRAB 318 XLI. THE END 331

PART I

MIRRAB THE WITCH

THE TANGLED SKEIN

CHAPTER I

EAST MOLESEY FAIR

Even Noailles, in his letters to his royal master, admits that the weather was glorious, and that the climatic conditions left nothing to be desired.

Even Noailles! Noailles, who detested England as the land of humid atmospheres and ill dressed women!

Renard, who was more of a diplomatist and kept his opinions on the fogs and wenches of Old England very much to himself, declared enthusiastically in his letter to the Emperor Charles V, dated October 2nd, 1553, that never had he seen the sky so blue, the sun so bright, nor the people of this barbarous island more merry than on the memorable first day of East Molesey Fair: as all who will, may read for themselves in Vol... Continue reading book >>




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