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In a preceding chapter, I have related his treaty with Bajazet, the violation of that
treaty, the siege or blockade of Constantinople, and the French succour under
the command of the gallant Boucicault". By his ambassadors, Manuel had
The successor of Constantine was clothed in a robe of white silk, and mounted
on a milk-white steed ; a circumstance, in the French ceremonial, of singular
importance. The white colour is considered as the symbol of sovereignty; and, in
a late ...
The French are an ancient and opulent people; and their language and manners,
though somewhat different, are not dissimilar from those of the Italians. Vain of
the imperial dignity of Charlemagne, of their victories over the Saracens, and of ...
+ Ii Barbari (says Petrarch, the French and Germans) vix, non dicam librossed
nomen Homeri audiverunt. Perhaps, in that respect, the 13th century was less
happy than the age of Charlemagne. f See the character of Barlaam, in Boccace
+We are obliged to reduce the Greek miles to the smallest measure which is
preserved in the wersts of Russia, of 547 French toises, and of 1043 to a degree.
The six miles of Phranza do not exceed four English miles, (d'Anville, Mesures ...
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A classic of historical literature, in two volumes. The author details the history to the fall in the first volume, and the byzantine period in the second volume. Read full review