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The White Plumes of Navarre A Romance of the Wars of Religion   By: (1860-1914)

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THE WHITE PLUMES OF NAVARRE

A Romance of the Wars of Religion

BY S. R. CROCKETT

SIXTH IMPRESSION

LONDON THE RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY 4 Bouverie Street and 65 St. Paul's Churchyard, E.C. 1917

First Edition, Oct., 1906 Second Impression, Oct., 1906 Third Impression, Oct., 1906 Fourth Impression, Dec., 1906 Fifth Impression, Jan., 1908 Sixth Impression, Aug., 1917

CONTENTS

BEFORE THE CURTAIN RISES

CHAPTER I. THE DAY OF BARRICADES

CHAPTER II. CLAIRE AGNEW

CHAPTER III. THE PROFESSOR OF ELOQUENCE

CHAPTER IV. LITTLE COLETTE OF COLLIOURE

CHAPTER V. THE SPROUTING OF CABBAGE JOCK

CHAPTER VI. THE ARCHER'S CLOAK

CHAPTER VII. THE GREAT NAME OF GUISE

CHAPTER VIII. THE GOLDEN LARK IN ORLEANS TOWN

CHAPTER IX. THE REBELLION OF HERODIAS'S DAUGHTER

CHAPTER X. THE GOLDEN DUKE

CHAPTER XI. THE BEST KNOWN FACE IN THE WORLD

CHAPTER XII. THE WAKING OF THE BEARNAIS

CHAPTER XIII. A MIDNIGHT COUNCIL

CHAPTER XIV. EYES OF JADE

CHAPTER XV. MISTRESS CATHERINE

CHAPTER XVI. LA REINE MARGOT

CHAPTER XVII. MATE AND CHECKMATE

CHAPTER XVIII. THE APOSTLE OF PEACE

CHAPTER XIX. DEATH WARNINGS

CHAPTER XX. THE BLOOD ON THE KERCHIEF

CHAPTER XXI. THE TIGER IN THE FOX'S TRAP

CHAPTER XXII. BERÁK THE LIGHTNING AND TOÀH HIS DOG

CHAPTER XXIII. THE THREE SONS OF MADAME AMÉLIE

CHAPTER XXIV. COUSIN RAPHAEL, LORD OF COLLIOURE

CHAPTER XXV. CLAIRE'S EMBARRASSMENT OF CHOICE

CHAPTER XXVI. FIRST COUNCIL OF WAR

CHAPTER XXVII. SECOND COUNCIL OF WAR

CHAPTER XXVIII. THIRD COUNCIL OF WAR

CHAPTER XXIX. THE SHUT HOUSE IN MONEY STREET

CHAPTER XXX. JEAN AUX CHOUX TAKES HIS WAGES

CHAPTER XXXI. THE WAY OF THE SALT MARSHES

CHAPTER XXXII. IN THEIR CLUTCHES

CHAPTER XXXIII. AND ONE WAS NOT!

CHAPTER XXXIV. BISHOP, ARCHBISHOP, AND ANGELICAL DOCTOR

CHAPTER XXXV. THE PLACE OF EYES

CHAPTER XXXVI. VALENTINE LA NIÑA

CHAPTER XXXVII. THE WILD ANIMAL WOMAN

CHAPTER XXXVIII. THE VENGEANCE OF VALENTINE LA NIÑA

CHAPTER XXXIX. SAVED BY SULKS

CHAPTER XL. THE MAS OF THE MOUNTAIN

CHAPTER XLI. "AND LAZARUS CAME FORTH!"

CHAPTER XLII. SECRETS OF THE PRISON HOUSE

CHAPTER XLIII. IN TARRAGONA BAY

CHAPTER XLIV. VALENTINE AND HER VENGEANCE

CHAPTER XLV. VALENTINE FINDS CLAIRE WORTHY

CHAPTER XLVI. KING AND KING'S DAUGHTER

CHAPTER XLVII. GREAT LOVE AND GREATER

AFTER THE CURTAIN

The White Plumes of Navarre

BEFORE THE CURTAIN RISES

The night was hot in Paris. Breathless heat had brooded over the city all Saturday, the 23rd of August, 1572. It was the eve of Saint Bartholomew. The bell of Saint Germain l'Auxerrois had just clashed out the signal. The Louvre was one blaze of lights. Men with lanterns and poleaxes, as if going to the shambles to kill oxen, hurried along the streets.

Only in the houses in which were lodged the great Huguenot gentlemen, come to the city for the marriage of the King's sister Marguerite to the King of Navarre, there were darkness and silence. None had warned them or, at least, they had taken no warning. If any suspected, the word of a King, his sworn oaths and multitudinous safe conducts, lulled them back again into security.

In one chamber, high above the courtyard, a light burned faint and steady. It was that beside the bed of the great Admiral Coligny. He had been treacherously wounded by the arquebuse of one of the guard of the King's brother Monsieur de France, Henry Duke of Anjou, afterwards to be known to history as Henry III., the favourite son of Catherine de Medici, the cunningest, and the most ungrateful.

There watched by that bedside many grave men, holding grave discourse with each other and with the sick man, concerning the high mysteries of the religion, pure and reformed, of the state of France, and their hopes of better days for the Faith as it had been delivered to the saints.

And at the bed foot, with towels, bandages, and water in a silver salver ready for service, one young lad, a student of Geneva, fresh from Calvin and Beza, held his tongue and opened wide his ears... Continue reading book >>




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