The Revolutions of Europe: Being an Historical View of the European Nations from the Subversion of the Roman Empire in the West to the Abdication of Napoleon

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Whittaker, 1839 - Europe - 246 pages
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Page 135 - Walpole, was the effect of those temporary interests that engrossed the attention of the two Courts — the one being under terror of the Pretender, and the other alarmed at the ambitious projects of Spain. The Duke of Orleans, Regent of France during the minority of Louis XV., was anxious to maintain that peace and...
Page 81 - Brazil (1500), and took possession of the country in the name of the King of Portugal.
Page 147 - Canada, and the island of Cape Breton, with the islands and coasts of the gulf and river of St. Lawrence. The boundaries between the two nations in North America were fixed by a line drawn along the middle of the Mississippi, from its source to its mouth.
Page 50 - Italy, a great number of republics arose about the end of the eleventh, or beginning of the twelfth century. These republics, though they had cast off the Imperial authority, and...
Page 44 - ... to violent exercises, and to the management of heavy arms ; so as to gain them some reputation for valour, and to insure their superiority in war. In order to be admitted to these tournaments it was necessary to be of noble blood, and to show proofs of their nobility. The origin of these feats is generally traced back to the end of the tenth, or beginning of the eleventh century. Geoffrey of Preuilly, whom the writers of the middle ages cite as being the inventor of them, did no more, properly...
Page 203 - Buonaparte the spoliation of his former ally, or, according to the form which was given to it in that transaction, That the King of Prussia should recover one half of his estates. The provinces which Prussia had obtained by the second and third division of Poland were ceded to the King of Saxony, under the title of the duchy of Warsaw, with the exception of the fortress of Graudentz, which remained in the possession of Prussia, and the city of Dantzic, which was to regain its independence, with the...
Page 194 - Bonaparte submitted to the Tribunate and the Legislative Body a plan for the institution of a Legion of Honour (May 10.) This Legion was to be composed of fifteen cohorts of Dignitaries for life. The First Consul was the Chief of the Legion ; each cohort was to be composed of seven Grand Officers, twenty Commandants, thirty Officers, and three hundred Legionaries. The object of Bonaparte evidently was to establish a new aristocracy.
Page 148 - Paris, of which we have just now spoken, was the era "of England's greatest prosperity. Her commerce and navigation extended over all parts of the globe, and were supported by a naval force, so much the more imposing, as it was no longer counterbalanced by the maritime power of France, which had been almost annihilated in the preceding war. The immense territories which that peace had secured her, both in Africa and America, opened up new channels for her industry; and, what deserves specially to...
Page 38 - Peter and that upon thy rock the son of the living God has built his Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Page 227 - Malta, but gave up the French colonies, with the exception of Tobago, St. Lucia, and the Isle of France, with their dependencies. Guiana, which had been taken from Portugal, was restored. Certain secret articles pointed out the manner in which the Allied Powers were to dispose of the territories surrendered by France ; and annulled the endowments and donations made by Bonaparte in these territories.

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