The Literary Life And Miscellanies Of John Galt (volume 2)

Paperback | February 4, 2012

byJohn Galt

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1834. Excerpt: ... THE CONQUEST OF FRANCE; A DRAMATIC PAGEANT. RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED TO THE MOST ILLUSTRIOUS MAN OF HIS TIME. PREFACE. Historians say the human character, in the age of Edward III., attained the highest degree of heroism and courtesy. The following dramatic pageant is an attempt to represent the spirit of the great wars of that time, and to embody the magnanimity cherished in a most illustrious period. No circumstance is alluded to, nor incident introduced, not recorded in the chronicles, nor is a single sentiment ascribed to the individuals not in unison with historical truth. Many years ago I heard of an imperial entertainment given by the Empress Catherine II. at the Taurian Palace to Prince Potemkin, when her magnificent Polonois, which bears that name, was first performed, and that in the course of the evening a series of dramatic scenes were exhibited, also of her Majesty's composition, representing the most remarkable events in the ancient history of Russia. The conception was said to have displayed great genius, but every thing was in the pageantry. The nearest resemblance to this imperial show is, I conceive, the historical dramas of Shakspeare; but I do not recollect of hearing that the Empress introduced any dialogue. In imitation, however, of the imperial spectacle, the subsequent scenes have been thrown together, in which something like the rhythm of the great English poet is attempted, with the sequence of the sort of actions which her Majesty probably exhibited. I am not aware that any dramatic show exactly of the same kind has yet been made. The action may be said to be national, as it is altogether superior to the passions of individuals. I therefore offer the Conquest of France, not so much as a play as a spectacle, the object of which is ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1834. Excerpt: ... THE CONQUEST OF FRANCE; A DRAMATIC PAGEANT. RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED TO THE MOST ILLUSTRIOUS MAN OF HIS TIME. PREFACE. Historian...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.13 inPublished:February 4, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217121586

ISBN - 13:9780217121583

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