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Twixt France and Spain is a captivating historical novel that takes readers on a memorable journey through the tumultuous times of the late 16th century. Authored by E. Ernest Bilbrough, the book skillfully weaves together a tale of political intrigue, religious strife, and personal growth, set against the backdrop of two powerful nations vying for dominance.

The narrative unfolds primarily in the city of Bordeaux, which serves as a melting pot of characters from different walks of life. Through the eyes of its protagonist, Jean-Paul, a young and ambitious merchant, we witness the complexity of the era and the impact it has on both individuals and nations. Bilbrough's meticulous attention to historical detail is evident, as he paints vivid portraits of the often turbulent relationships between France and Spain during this period.

The strength of this novel lies in its characters, each uniquely developed and contributing to the rich tapestry of the story. Jean-Paul's evolution throughout the book is particularly compelling, as he navigates treacherous alliances and confronts his own personal conflicts. His struggles are not only relatable but also shed light on the complex societal and religious tensions that plagued Europe at the time.

Bilbrough's prose is elegant and evocative, transporting readers to the streets of Bordeaux and immersing them in the sights, sounds, and scents of the era. The author's descriptive style brings the historical setting to life, making it easy to imagine the vibrant marketplace, the opulent halls of power, and the rickety ships sailing between France and Spain.

While Twixt France and Spain excels in its meticulous historical research and strong character development, some readers may find the pacing to be a bit slow at times. The intricate web of political plots and personal dramas can occasionally weigh down the story's momentum. However, for those who appreciate a more deliberate and nuanced approach to historical fiction, this will not detract from the overall experience.

In conclusion, Twixt France and Spain is a captivating novel that offers a rich and immersive journey through a fascinating period in European history. E. Ernest Bilbrough's careful attention to historical detail, well-crafted characters, and evocative prose weave together to create a compelling narrative. Fans of historical fiction, particularly those interested in the intricate politics and religious conflicts of the late 16th century, will find this book to be a rewarding read.

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Or, A Spring in the Pyrenees



[Illustration: MAP OF THE PYRENEES (To accompany "TWIXT FRANCE & SPAIN") With the Principal Peaks, Rivers & Roads.]




Trains and steamers Bordeaux and its hotels Lamothe Morcenx Dax Puyoo Orthez First impressions of Pau The hotels and pensions Amusements Pension Colbert Making up parties for the Pyrenees The Place Royale and the view The castle of Pau and its approaches Origin of name Historical notes The towers Visiting hours The tapestries The wonderful bedstead The delusive tortoiseshell cradle The "Tour de la Monnaie" The park The Billères plains Tennis and golf The Route de Billères and the Billères woods French sportsmen Hunting Racing Lescar and its old cathedral Fontaine de Marnières The bands The Parc Beaumont Ballooning The Casino Polo The cemetery The churches of St. Martin and St. Jacques The "old world and the new" Rides and drives to Bétharram The start Peasants and their ways Vines trained by the roadside Sour grapes The "March of the Men of Garlic" Coarraze Henry IV.'s Castle Bétharram The ivied bridge The inn The "Via Crucis" Assat and Gélos The Coteaux Perpignaa Sketching with a donkey cart Over the Coteaux to Gan The drive to Piétat Picnicking and rejected attentions The church Feather moss Bizanos Carnival time "Poor Pillicoddy" "Idyllic Colbert... Continue reading book >>

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