Beacon Lights of History by John Lord

Beacon Lights of History

byJohn Lord

Paperback | October 12, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...the noted characters of the day,--Mademoiselle de Scuderi the novelist, Marigny the songwriter, Henault the translator of Lucretius, De Grammont the pet of the court, Chatillon, the duchesses de la Salire and De Scvigne, even Ninon de L'Enclos; all bright and fashionable people, whose wit and raillery were the admiration of the city. To reach the salons of semi-literary and semi-fashionable people, where rank and wealth were balanced by wit, became the desire of the young Mademoiselle d'Aubigne. Her entrance into society was effected in a curious way. At that time there lived in Paris (about the year 1650) a man whose house was the centre of gay and literary people,--those who did not like the stiffness of the court or the pedantries of the Hotel de Eambouillet. His name was Scarron,--a popular and ribald poet, a comic dramatist, a buffoon, a sort of Rabelais, whose inexhaustible wit was the admiration of the city. He belonged to a good family, and originally was a man of means. His uncle had been a bishop and his father a member of the Parliament of Paris. But he had wasted his substance in riotous living, and was reduced to a small pension from the Government. His profession was originally that of a priest, and he continued through life to wear the ecclesiastical garb. He was full of maladies and miseries, and It so happened that to a reception of the Abbe" Scarron was brought one day the young lady destined to play so important a part in the history of her country. I5ut her dress was too short, which so mortified her in the splendid circle to which she was introduced that she burst into tears, and Scarron was obliged to exert all his tact to comfort her. Yet she made a good impression, since she was beautiful and witty; and a letter...

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Title:Beacon Lights of HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:106 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.22 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217726941

ISBN - 13:9780217726948

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