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"and as old as I am, I trust I may see it flutter yet. | lous in war, and must be amended. But, Andrew Hark ye, my mates," (for wine had made him some- Arnot, this is a long tale of yours, and we will cut it thing communicative,) “ye are all true servants to with a drink; as the Highlander says, Skeoch doch the French crown, and wherefore should ye not know nan skial ;* and that's good Gaelic. Here is to the there is an envoy come from Duke Charles of Bur- Countess Isabelle of Croye, and a better husband to gundy, with a message of an angry favour.” her than Campo-basso, who is a base Italian cullion!
"I saw the Count of Crèvecaur's equipage, horses --And now, Andrew Arnot, what said the muleteer and retinue," said another of the guests, * down at to this yeoman of thine ?” the inn yonder, at the Mulberry Grove. They say the "Why he told him in secrecy, if it please your LordKing will not admit him into the Castle."
ship," continued Arnot, “that these two ladies whom Now, Heaven send him an ungracious answer!" he had presently before conveyed up to the Castle in said Guthrie; " but what is it he complains of ?'' the close litters, were great ladies, who had been
"A world of grievances upon the frontier,” said living in secret at his master's house for some days, Lord Crawford and latterly, that the King hath and that the King had visited them more than once received under his protection a lady of his land, a very privately, and had done them great honour; and young Countess, who hath fled from Dijon, becausė, that they had fled up to the Castle, as he believed, being a ward of the Duke, he would have her marry for fear of the Count de Crèvecæur, the Duke of Burhis favourite, Campo-basso."
gundy's ambassador, whose approach was just an· And hath she actually come hither alone, my nounced by an advanced courier. Lord ?” said Lindesay.
Ay, Andrew, come you there to me?" said Guth"Nay, not altogether alone, but with the old Count- rie; "then I will be sworn it was the Countess whose ess, her kinswoman, who hath yielded to her cousin's voice I heard singing to the lute, as I came even now wishes in this matter.
through the inner court-the sound came from the And will the King,” said Cunningham, "he being bay-windows of the Dauphin's Tower: and such the Duke's feudal sovereign, interfere between the melody was there as no one ever heard before in the Duke and his ward, over whom Charles hath the Castle of Plessis of the Park. By my faith, I thought same right, which, were he himself dead, the King it was the music of the Fairy Melusina's making. would have over the heiress of Burgundy ?"
There I stood-though I knew your board was cover"The King will be ruled, as he is wont, by rules of ed, and that you were all impatient-there I stood, policy; and you know," continued Crawford, "that like"he hath not publicly received these ladies, nor placed Like an ass, Johnny Guthrie,” said his comthem under the protection of his daughters, the Lady mander; "thy long nose smelling the dinner, thy of Beaujeau, or the Princess Joan, so, doubtless, he long ears hearing the music, and thy short discretion will be guided by circumstances. He is our master- not enabling thee to decide which of them thou didst þut it is no treason to say, he will chase with the prefer.-Hark! is not that the Cathedral bell tolling hounds, and run with the hare, with any Prince in to vespers ?-Sure it cannot be that time yet?-The Christendom."
mad old sexton has toll'd even-song an hour too But the Duke of Burgundy understands no such soon." doubling,” said Cunningham.
In faith, the bell rings but too justly the hour," "No," answered the old Lord; "and, therefore, it said Cunningham; “yonder the sun is sinking on the is likely to make work between them.'
west side of the fair plain." “Well-Saint Andrew further the fray!" said Le Ay,” said the Lord Crawford, "is it even so ?Balafré. "I had it foretold me ten, ay, twenty years Well, lads, we must live within compass-Fair and since, that I was to make the fortune of my house by soft goes far-slow fire makes sweet malı-10 be marriage. Who knows what may happen, if once we merry and wise is a sound proverb. One other rouse come to fight for honour and ladies' love, as they do to the weal of old Scotland, and then each man to his in the old romaunts ?".
duty.” “ Thou name ladies' love, with such a trench in thy The parting-cup was emptied, and the guests disvisage !" said Guthrie.
missed--the stately old Baron taking the Balafré's As well not love at all, as love a Bohemian wo- arm, under pretence of giving him some instructions man of Heathenesse," retorted La Balafré.
concerning his nephew, but, perhaps, in reality, lest "Hold there, comrades," said Lord Crawford;"no his own lofty pace should seem in the public eye less tilting with sharp weapons, no jesting with 'keen steady than became his rank and high command. A scoffs--friends all. And for the lady, she is too wealthy serious countenance did he bear as he passed through to fall to a poor Scottish lord, or I would put in my the two courts which separated his lodging from the own claim, fourscore years and all, or not very far festal chamber, and solemn as the gravity of a hogsfrom it. But here is her health, nevertheless, for they head was the farewell caution, with which he prayed say she is a lamp of beauty.”'
Ludovic to attend his nephew's motions, especially "I think I saw her,” said another soldier," when in the matters of wenches and wine-cups. I was upon guard this morning at the inner barrier; Meanwhile, not a word that was spoken concernbut she was more like a dark lantern than a lamp, for ing the beautiful Countess Isabelle had escaped the she and another were brought into the Chateau in young Purward, who, conducted into a small cabin, clase litters."
which he was to share with his uncle's page, made "Shame! shame! Arnot!" said Lord Crawford ; his new and lowly abode the scene of much high a soldier on duty should say nought of what he sees musing. The reader will easily imagine that the Besides," he added, after a pause, his own curiosity young soldier should build a fine romance on such a prevailing over the show of discipline which he had foundation as the supposed, or rather the assumed, thought it necessary to exert, "why should these lit- identification of the Maiden of the Turret, to whose ters contain this very same Countess Isabelle de lay he had listened with so much interest, and the fair Croye ?"
cup-bearer of Maitre Pierre, with a fugitive Countess, Nay, my Lord,” replied Arnot, "I know nothing of rank and wealth, flying from the pursuit of a hated of it save this, that my coutelier was airing my horses lover, the favourite of an oppressive guardian, who in the road to the village, and fell in with Doguin the abused his feudal power. There was an interlude in muleteer, who brought back the litters to the inn, for Quentin's vision concerning Maitre Pierre, who they belong to the fellow of the Mulberry Grove yon- seemed to exercise such authority even over the forder-he of the Fleur-de-Lys, I mean-and so Doguin mjdable officer from whose hands he had that day, asked Saunders Steed to take a cup of wine, as they with much difficulty, made his escape. At length the were acquainted, which he was no doubt willing youth's reveries, which had been respected by little enough to do'
Will Harper, the companion of his cell, were broken "No doubt-no doubt,” said the old Lord; "it is a in upon by the return of his uncle, who commanded thing I wish were corrected among you, gentlemen ; Quentin to bed, that he might arise betimes in the but all your grooms, and couteliers, and jackmen, as morning, and attend him to his Majesty's antechamwe should call them in Scotland, are but too ready to take a cup of wine with any one-It is a thing peri- | preaches over his liquor, as dons utvans say in England.
#" Cut a lale with a drink ;” an expression used when a man
ber, to which he was called by his hour of duty, along the animals in the fable are supposed to have apwith five of his comrades.
proached and left the den of the lion.
The very few persons who seemed to be there in
the character of counsellors, were mean-looking men, CHAPTER VIII.
whose countenances sometimes expressed sagacity, but whose manners showed they were called into a sphere for which their previous education and habits
had qualified them but indifferently. One or two Be thou as lightning in the eyes of France ; For ere thou canst report I will be there,
persons, however, did appear to Durward to possess The thunder of my cannon shall be heard
a more noble mien, and the strictness of the present So, hence! Be thou the trumpet of our wrath.
duty was not such as to prevent his uncle communi. King John.
cating the names of those whom he thus distinguished. Had sloth been a temptation by which Durward With the Lord Crawford, who was in attendance, was easily beset, the noise with which the caserne of dressed in the rich habit of his office, and holding a the guards resounded after the first toll of primes, had leading staff of silver in his hand, Quentin, as well certainly banished the siren from his couch; but the as the reader, was already acquainted. Among others discipline of his father's tower, and of the convent of who seemed of quality, the most remarkable was the Aberbrothick, had taught him to start with the dawn; Count de Dunois, the son of that celebrated Dunois, and he did on his clothes gayly, amid the sounding of known by the name of the Bastard of Orleans, who bugles, and the clash of armour, which announced fighting under the banner of Jeanne d'Arc, acted the change of the vigilant guards--some of whom such a distinguished part in liberating France from were returning to barracks after their nightly duty, the English yoke. His son well supported the high whilst some were marching out to that of the morn- renown which had descended to him from such an ing-and others, again, amongst whom was his un honoured source; and, notwithstanding his concle, were arming for immediate attendance upon the nexion with the royal family, and his hereditary poperson of Louis. Quentin Durward soon put on, pularity both with the nobles and the people, Dunois with the feelings of so young a man on such an occa- had, upon all occasions, manifested such an open, sion, the splendid dress and arms appertaining to his frank loyalty of character, that he seemed to have new situation; and his uncle, who looked with great escaped all suspicion, even on the part of the jealous accuracy and interest to see that he was completely Louis, who loved to see him near his person, and fitted out in every respect, did not conceal his satis- sometimes even called him to his councils. Although faction at the improvement which had been thus accounted complete in all the exercises of chivalry, made in his nephew's appearance. " If thou dost and possessed of much of the character of what was prove as faithful and bold as thou art well-favoured, then termed a perfect knight, the person of the Count I shall have in thee one of the handsomest and best was far from being a model of romantic beauty. He esquires in the Guard, which cannot but be an honour was under the common size, though very strongly to thy mother's family. Follow me to the presence built
, and his legs rather curved outwards, into that chamber; and see thou keep close at my shoulder." make which is more convenient for horseback, than
So saying, he took up a partisan, large, weighty, elegant in a pedestrian. His shoulders were broad, and beautifully inlaid and ornamented, and directing his hair black, his complexion swarthy, his arms rehis nephew to assume a lighter weapon of a similar markably long and nervous. The features of his description, they proceeded to the inner-court of the countenance were irregular, even to ugliness; yet, palace, where their comrades, who were to form the after all, there was an air of conscious worth and noguard of the interior apartments, were already drawn bility about the Count de Dunois, which stamped, at up, and under arms--the squires each standing be- the first glance, the character of the high-born noblehind their masters, to whom they thus formed a se- man, and the undaunted soldier. His mien was cond rank. Here were also in attendance many bold and upright, his step free and manly, and the yeomen-prickers, with gallant horses and noble dogs, harshness of his countenance was dignified by a on which Quentin looked with such inquisitive de- glance like an eagle, and a frown like a lion. His light, that his uncle was obliged more than once to dress was a hunting suit, rather sumptuous than gay, remind him that the animals were not there for his and he acted on most occasions as Grand Huntsprivate amusement, but for the King's, who had a man, though we are not inclined to believe that he strong passion for the chase, one of the few inclina- actually held the office. tions which he indulged, even when coming in com- Upon the arm of his relation Dunois, walking with petition with his course of policy; being so strict a a step so slow and melancholy, that he seemed to protector of the game in the royal forests, that it was rest on his kinsman and supporter, came Louis Duke currently said, you might kill a man with greater im- of Orleans, the first prince of the blood royal, (afterpunity than a stag.
wards King, by the name of Louis XII.,) and to On a signal given, the Guards were put into mo- whom the guards and attendants rendered their tion by the command of Le Palafré, who acted as homage as such. The jealously-watched object of officer upon the occasion; and, after some minutiæ Louis's suspicions, this Prince, who, failing the King's of word and signal, which all served to show the ex- offspring, was heir to the kingdom, was not suffered treme and punctilious jealousy with which their duty to absent himself from Court, and, while residing was performed, they marched into the hall of audi- there, was alike denied employment and countenance. ence, where the King was immediately expected. The dejection which his degraded and almost captive
New as Quentin was to scenes of splendour, the state naturally impressed on the deportment of this effect of that which was now before him rather dis- unfortunate Prince, was at this moment greatly inappointed the expectations which he had formed of creased, by his consciousness that the King meditathe brilliancy of a Court. There were household ted, with respect to him, one of the most cruel and officers, indeed, richly attired ; there were guards gal- unjust actions which a tyrant could commit, by comlantly armed, and there were domestics of various pelling him to give his hand to the Princess Joan of degrees : but he saw none of the ancient counsel- France, the younger daughter of Louis, to whom he Jors of the kingdom, none of the high officers of the had been contracted in infancy, but whose deformed crown, heard none of the names which in those days person rendered the insisting upon such an agreesounded an alarum to chivalry ; saw none either of ment an act of abominable rigour. those generals or leaders, who, possessed of the full The exterior of this unhappy Prince was in no reprime of manhood, were the strength of France, or spect distinguished by personal advantages; and in of the more youthful and fiery nobles, those early as- mind, he was of a gentle, mild, and beneficent dispopirants after honour, who were her pride. The jea- sition, qualities which were visible even through the lous habits-the reserved manners-the deep and veil of extreme dejection, with which his natural chaartful policy of the King, had estranged this splendid racter was at present obscured. Quentin observed circle from the throne, and they were only called that the Duke studiously avoided even looking at the around it upon certain stated and formal occasions, Royal Guards, and when he returned their salute, when they went reluctantly, and returned joyfully, as that he kept his eyes bent on the ground, as if he feared the King's jealousy might have construed that stantly left the chamber, while the tonsor glided quietgesture of ordinary courtesy, as arising from the pur- !y back towards the royal apartment whence he had pose of establishing a separate and personal interest issued, every one giving place to him; which civility among them.
he only acknowledged by the most humble inclina. Very different was the conduct of the proud Car- tion of the body, excepting in a very few instances, dinal and Prelate, John of Balue, the favourite minis- where he had made one or two persons the subject ter of Louis for the time, whose rise and character of envy to all the other courtiers by whispering a bore as close a resemblance to that of Wolsey, as the single word in their ear; and at the same time mut, difference betwixt the crafty and politic Louis, and tering something of the duties of his place, he escaped the headlong and rash Henry VIII. of England, would from
their replies, as well as from the eager solicitapermit . The former had raised his minister from
the tions of those who wished to attract his notice. Lu. lowest rank, to the dignity, or at least to the emolu- dovic Lesly had the good fortune to be one of the in: ments, of Grand Almoner of France, loaded him with dividuals who, on the present occasion, was favoured benefices, and obtained for him the hat of a Cardi- by Oliver with a single word, to assure him that his nal; and although he was too cautious to repose in matter was fortunately terminated. the ambitious Balue the unbounded power and trust Presently afterwards, he had another proof of the which Henry placed in Wolsey, yet he was more in- same agreeable tidings; for Quentin's old acquaintAuenced by him than by any other of his avowed ance, Tristan l'Hermite, the Provost-Marshal of the counsellors. The Cardinal,' accordingly, had not Royal Household, entered the apartment, and came escaped the error incidental to those who are sudden- straight to the place where Le Balafré was postel. ly raised to power from an obscure situation, for heThis formidable officer's uniform, which was very entertained a strong persuasion, dazzled doubtless by rich, had only the effect of making his sinister counthe suddenness of his elevation, that his capacity was tenance and bad mien more strikingly remarkable, equal to intermeddling with affairs of every kind, even and the tone which he meant for conciliatory, was like those most foreign to his profession and studies. nothing so much as the growling of a bear. The Tall and ungainly in his person, he affected gallantry import of his words, however, was more amicable and admiration of the fair sex, although his manners than the voice in which they were pronounced. He rendered his pretensions absurd, and his profession regretted the mistake which had fallen between them marked them as indecorous. Some male or female on the preceding day, and observed it was owing to flatterer had, in evil hour, possessed him with the the Sieur le Balafré's nephew not wearing the uniidea that there was much beauty of contour in a pair form of his corps, or announcing himself as belongof huge substantial legs, which he had derived from ing to it, which had led him into the error for which his father, a carman of Limoges, or, according to he now asked forgiveness. other authorities, a miller of Verdun; and with this Ludovic Lesly made the necessary reply, and as idea he had become so infatuated, that he always had soon as Tristan had turned away, observed to his his cardinal's robes a little looped up on one side, that nephew, that they had now the distinction of having the sturdy proportion of his limbs might not escape a mostal enemy froin henceforward in the person of observation. As he swept through the stately apart, this dreaded officer.. "But we are above his roléement in his crimson dress and rich cope, he stopped a soldier,” said he, who does his duty, may laugh repeatedly to look at the arms and appointments of at the Provost-Marshal.”. the cavaliers on guard, asked them several questions Quentin could not help being of his uncle's opinion, in an authoritative tone, and took upon him to cen- for, as Tristan parted from them, it was with the sure some of them for what he termed irregularities look of angry defiance which the bear casts upon the of discipline, in language to which these experienced hunter whose spear has wounded him. Indeed, even soldiers dared no reply, although it was plain they when less strongly moved, the sullen eye of this offilistened to it with impatience and with contempt. cial expressed a malevolence of purpose which made
"Is the King aware,” said Dunois to the Cardinal, men shudder to meet his glance; and the thrill of " that the Burgundian Envoy is peremptory in de the young Scot was the deeper and more abhorrent, manding an audience ?"
that he seemed to himself still to feel on his shoulders "He is," answered the Cardinal; " and here, as I the grasp of the two death-doing functionaries of think, comes the all-sufficient Oliver Dain,* to let us this fatal officer. know the royal pleasure.".
Meanwhile Oliver, after he had prowled around the As he spoke, a remarkable person, who then divi- room in the stealthy manner which we have endeaded the favour of Louis with the proud Cardinal him-voured to describe-all, even the highest officers, self, entered from the inner apartment, but without making way for him, and loading him with their ceany of that important and consequential demeanour remonious attentions, which his modesty seemed dewhich marked the full-blown dignity of the church- sirous to avoid-again entered the inner apartment, man. On the contrary, this was a little, pale, mea- the doors of which were presently thrown open, and gre man, whose black silk jerkin and hose, without King Louis entered the presence-chamber. either coat, cloak, or cassock, formed a dress ill-quali- Quentin, like all others, turned his eyes upon him; fied to set off to advantage a very ordinary person and started so suddenly, that he almost dropt his He carried a silver basin in his hand, and a napkin weapon, when he recognised in the King of France flung over his arm indicated his menial capacity. that silk-merchant, Maitre Pierre, who had been the His visage was penetrating and quick, although he companion of his morning walk. Singular suspiendeavoured to banish such expression from his fea- cions respecting the real rank of this person had at diftures, by keeping his eyes fixed on the ground, while, ferent times crossed his thoughts; but this, the proved with the stealthy and quiet pace of a cat, he seemed reality, was wilder than his wildest conjecture. modestly rather to glide than to walk through the The stern look of his uncle, offended at this breach apartment. But though modesty may easily obscure of the decorum of his office, recalled him to himself; worth, it cannot hide court favour; and all at- but not a little was he astonished when the King, tempts to steal unperceived through the presence- whose quick eye had at once discovered him, walked chamber were vain, on the part of one known to have straight to the place where he was posted, withsuch possession of the King's ear, as had been attain- out taking notice of any one else. So," he said, ed by his celebrated barber and groom of the cham- young man, I am told you have been brawling on ber, Oliver le Dain, called sometimes Oliver le Mau- your first arrival in Touraine; but I pardon you, as vais, and sometimes Oliver le Diable, epithets derived it was chiefly the fault of a foolish old merchant, who from the unscrupulous cunning with which he assist thought your Caledonian
blood required to be heated ed in the execution of the schemes of his master's in the morning with Vin de Beaulne. If I can find tortuous policy. At present he spoke earnestly for him, I will make him an example to those who dea few momenis with the Count de Dunois, who in- bauch my Guards.-Balafré," he added, speaking to * Oliver's name, or nickname, was Le Diable, which was be. We love to cherish such spirits, and mean to make
Lesly, "your kinsman is a fair youth, though a fiery. Le Dain. He was originally the King's barber, but afterwards more than ever we did of the brave men who are
around us. Let the year, day, hour, and minute of
a favourite counsellor.
your nephew's birth be written down, and given to devotion--"No, fair daughter, I and another know Oliver Dain."
your real mind better-Ha! fair cousin of Orleans, Le Balafré bowed to the ground, and re-assumed his do we not? Approach, fair sir, and lead this devoted erect military position, as one who would show by his vestal of ours to her horse." demeanour his promptitude to act in the King's quarrel Orleans started when the King spoke, and hastenor defence. Quentin, in the meantime, recovered ed to obey him; but with such precipitation of step, from his first surprise, studied the King's appearance and confusion, that Louis called out, "Nay, cousin, more attentively, and was surprised to find how dif- rein your gallantry, and look before you.—Why,
what ferently he now construed his deportment and fea. a headlong matter a gallant's haste is on some occatures than he had done at their first interview, sions !-You had well-nigh taken Anne's hand in
These were not much changed in exterior, for stead of her sister's.-Sir, must I give Joan's to you Louis, always a scorner of outward show, wore, on myself ?”. the present occasion, an old dark blue hunting-dress, The unhappy Prince looked up, and shuddered like not much better than the plain burgher-suit of the a child, when forced to touch something at which it preceding day, and garnished with a huge rosary of has instinctive horror--then making an effort, took ebony, which had been sent to him by no less a per- the hand which the Princess neither gave nor yet sonage than the Grand Seignior, with an attestation withheld., As they stood, her cold damp fingers enthat it had been used by a Coptic hermit on Mount closed in his trembling hand, with their eyes looking Lebanon, a personage of profound sanctity. And on the ground, it would have been difficult to say instead of his cap with a single image, he now wore which of these two youthful beings was rendered more a hat, the band of which was garnished with at least utterly miserable—the Duke, who felt himself fettera dozen of little paltry figures of saints stamped in ed to the object of his aversion by bonds which he lead. But those eyes, which, according to Quentin's durst not tear asunder, or the unfortunate young woformer impression, only twinkled with the love of man, who too plainly saw that she was an object of gain, had, now that they were known to be the abhorrence to him, to gain whose kindness she would property of an able and powerful monarch, a pier- willingly have died. cing and majestic glance; and those wrinkles on the "And now to horse, gentlemen and ladies-We will brow, which he had supposed were formed during ourselves lead forth our daughter of Beaujeau,” said a long series of petty schemes of commerce, seem- the King ; "and God's blessing and Saint Hubert's ed now the furrows which sagacity had worn while be on our morning sport !" toiling in meditation upon the fate of nations.
"I am, I fear, doomed to interrupt it, sire," said the Presently after the King's appearance, the Prin- Compte de Dunois," the Burgundian Envoy is becesses of France, with the ladies of their suite, enter- fore the gates of the Castle, and demands an audience." ed the apartment. With the eldest, afterwards married " Demands an audience, Dunois?" replied the King to Peter of Bourbon, and known in French history -"Did you not answer him, as we sent you word by by the name of the Lady of Beaujeau, our story has Oliver, that we were not at leisure to see him to-day, but little to do. She was tall, and rather handsome, -and that to morrow was the festival of Saint Marpossessed eloquence, talent, and much of her father's tin, which, please Heaven, we would disturb by no sagacity, who reposed great confidence in her, and earthly thoughts,--and that on the succeeding day we loved her as well perhaps as he loved any one. were designed for Amboise-but that we would not
The younger sister, the unfortunate Joan, the des- fail to appoint him as early an audience, when we retined bride of the Duke of Orleans, advanced timidly turned, as our pressing affairs would permit ?" by the side of her sister, conscious of a total want of "All this I said," "answered Dunois ; "but yet, those external qualities which women are most sire" desirous of possessing, or being thought to possess. "Pasques-dieu ! man, what is it that thus sticks in She was pale, thin, and sickly in her complexion; thy throat ?" said the King. ,."This Burgundian's her shape visibly bent to one side, and her gait so terms must have been hard of digestion." unequal that she might be called lame. A fine set “Had not my duty, your Grace's commands, and of teeth, and eyes which were expressive of melancho- his character as an Envoy, restrained me," said Duly, softness, and resignation, with a quantity of light nois, "he should have tried to digest them himself; brown locks, were the only redeeming points which for, by Our Lady of Orleans, I had more mind to have fattery itself could have dared to number, to counter-made him eat his own words, than to have brought act the general homeliness of her face and figure. them to your Majesty." To complete the picture, it was easy to remark, from "Body of me, Dunois," said the King, "it is strange the Princess's negligence in dress, and the timidity of that thou, one of the most impatient" fellows alive, her manner, that she had an unusual and distressing shouldst have so little sympathy with the like infirconsciousness of her own plainness of appearance, and mity in our blunt and fiery cousin, Charles of Burgundid not dare to make any of those attempts to mend dy,' Why, man, I mind his blustering messages no by manners or by art what nature had left amiss, or more than the towers of this Castle regard the whisin any other way to exert a power of pleasing. The tling of the north-east wind, which comes from FlanKing (who loved her not) stepped hastily to her as she ders, as well as this brawling Envoy." entered. -"How now!'' he said, our world-con- "Know then, sire,” replied Dunois, " that the Count temning daughter-Are you robed for a hunting-party of Crèvecæur tarries below, with his retinue of pursuior for the convent, this morning? Speak-answer. vants and trumpets, and says that, since your Majes
"For which your highness pleases, sire," said the ty refuses him the audience which his master has inPrincess, scarce raising her voice above her breath. structed him to demand, upon matters of most press
Ay, doubtless, you would persuade me it is your ing concern, he will remain there till midnight, and desire to quit the Court, Joan, and renounce the world accost your Majesty at whatever hour you are pleaand its vanities.-Ha! maiden, wouldst thou have it sed to issue from your Castle, whether for business, exthought that we, the first-born of Holy Church, ercise, or devotion ; and that no consideration, except would refuse our daughter to Heaven ?-Our Lady the use of absolụte force, shall compel him to desist and Saint Martin forbid we should refuse the offering, from this resolution." were it worthy of the altar, or wcre thy vocation in "He is a fool," said the King, with much compotruth thitherward!"
“Does the hot-headed Hainaulter think it any So saying, the King crossed himself devoutly, penance for a man of sense to remain for twenty-four looking, in the meantime, as appeared to Quentin, very hours quiet within the walls of his Castle, when he like a cunning vassal, who was depreciating the merit hath the affairs of a Kingdom to occupy him? These of something which he was desirous to keep to him- impatient coxcombs think that all men,
like themself, in order that he might stand excused for not offer- selves, are miserable, save when in saddle and stiring it to his chief or superior. “Dares le thus play the rup. Let the dogs be put up, and well looked to, hypocrite with Heaven," thought Durward, and sport gentle Dunois-We will hold
council to-day, instead with God and the Saints, as he may safely do with of hunting. men who dare not search his nature ioo closely?" “My Liege," answered Dunois, "you will not thus Louis meantime resumed, after a moment's mental I rid yourself of Crèvec@ur; for his master's instruc
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tions are, that if he hath not this audience which he! The flourish of trumpets in the court-yard now andemands, he shall nail his gauntlet to the palisades nounced the arrival of ihe Burgundian nobleman. All before the Castle, in token of mortal defiance on the in the presence-chamber made haste to arrange thempart of his master, shall renounce the Duke's fealty selves according to their proper places of precedence, to France, and declare instant war.”
the King and his daughters remaining in the centre of Ay,” said Louis, without any perceptible altera- the assembly. tion of voice, but frowning until his piercing dark eyes The Count of Crêvecæur, a renowned and undauntbecame almost invisible under his shaggy eyebrows, ed warrior, entered the apartment; and, contrary to
is it even so ?-will our ancient vassal prove so the usage among the envoys of friendly powers, he masterful-our dear cousin treat us thus unkindly?- | appeared all armed, excepting his head, in a gorgeous Nay then, Dunois, we must unfold the Oriflamme, suit of the most superb Milan armour, made of steel
, and cry Dennis Montjoye!"
inlaid and embossed with gold, which was wrought "Marry and amen, and in a most happy hour!" said into the fantastic taste called the Arabesque. Around the martial Dunois ; and the guards in the hall, unable his neck, and over his polished cuirass, hung his masto resist the same impulse, stirred each upon his post, ter's order of the Golden Fleece, one of the most hoso as to produce a low but distinct sound of clashing noured associations of chivalry then known in Chris arms. The King cast his eye proudly round, and, for a tendom. A handsome page bore his helmet behind moment, thought and looked like his heroic father. him, a herald preceded him, bearing his letters of cre
But the excitement of the moment presently gave dence, which he offered on his knee to the King; while way to the host of political considerations, which, at the ambassador himself paused in the midst of the hall, that conjuncture, rendered an open breach with Bur- as if to give all present time to admire his lofty look, gundy so peculiarly perilous. Edward IV., a brave commanding stature, and undaunted composure of and victorious king, who had in his own person countenance and manner. The rest of his attendfought thirty battles, was now established on the ants waited in the antechamber, or court-yard. throneof England, was brother to the Duchess of Bur- Approach, Seignior Count de Crèvecæur," said gundy, and it might well be supposed, waited but a Louis, after a moment's glance at his commission; rupture between his near connexion and Louis, to car-1" we need not our Cousin's letters of credence, either ry into France, through the ever-open gate of Calais, to introduce to us a warrior so well known, or to asthose arms which had been triumphant in the Eng- sure us of your highly deserved credit with your maslish civil wars, and to obliterate the recollection of ter. We trust that your fair partner, who shares some internal dissensions by that most popular of all occu- of our ancestral blood, is in good health. Had you pations amongst the English, an invasion of France. brought her in your hand, Seignior Count, we might To this consideration
was added the uncertain faith have thought you wore your armour, on this unwontof the Duke of Bretagne, and other weighty subjects ed occasion, to maintain the superiority of her charms of reflection. So that, after a deep pause, when against the amorous chivalry of France. As it is, we Louis again spoke, although in the same tone, it cannot guess the reason of this complete panoply." was with an altered spirit. “But God forbid," he * Sire," replied the ambassador, " the Count of said, " that aught less than necessity should makens, Crèvecaur must lament his misfortune, and entreat the Most Christian King, give cause to the effusion of your forgiveness, that he cannot, on this occasion, reChristian blood, if any thing short of dishonour may ply with such humble deference as is due to the royal avert such a calamity. We tender our subjects' safe- courtesy, with which your Majesty has honoured him. ty dearer than the ruffle which our own dignity may But, although it is only the voice of Philip Crèvecæur receive from the rude breath of a malapert ambassa- de Cordès which speaks, the words which he utters dor, who hath perhaps exceeded the errand with must be those of his gracious Lord and Sovereign the which he was charged.-Admit the Envoy of Burgun. Duke of Burgundy." dy to our presence,
“And what has Crèvecæur to say in the words “Bcati Pacifici," said the Cardinal Balue. of Burgundy ?!' said Louis, with an assumption of
"True; and your eminence knoweth that they who sufficient dignity... "Yet hold-remember, that in humble themselves shall be exalted," added the King. this presence, Philip Crèveceur de Cordès speaks to
The Cardinal spoke an Amen, to which few assent. him who is his Sovereign's Sovereign." ed; for even the pale cheek of Orleans kindled with Crèvecour bowed, and then spoke aloud :-"King shame, and Balafré suppressed his feelings so little, of France, the mighty Duke of Burgundy once more as to let the butt-end of his partisan fall heavily on the sends you a written schedule of the wrongs and opfloor,-a movement of impatience for which he un- pressions committed on his frontiers by your Majesderwent a bitter reproof from the Cardinal, with a ty's garrisons and officers; and the first point of inlecture on the mode of handling his arms when in quiry is, whether it is your Majesty's purpose to presence of the Sovereign. The King himself seem- make him amends for these injuries ?" ed unusually embarrassed at the silence around him. The King, looking slightly at the memorial which
You are pensive, Dunois," he said -"You disap- the herald delivered to him upon his knee, said, prove of our giving way
to this hot-headed Envoy These matters have been already long before our “By no means," said Dunois ; "I meddle not with Comcil. Of the injuries complained of, some are in matters beyond my sphere. I was but thinking of requital of those sustained by my subjects, some are asking a boon of your Majesty."
affirmed without any proof, some have been retaliaA boon, Dunois-what is it?-You are an unfre- ted by the Duke's garrisons and soldiers; and if there quent suitor, and may count on our favour.". remain any which fall under none of those predica
“I would, then, your Majesty would send me to ments, we are not, as a Christian prince, averse to Evreux to regulate the clergy," said Dunois, with mili- make satisfaction for wrongs actually sustained by tary frankness.
our neighbour, though committed not only without "That were indeed beyond thy sphere," replied the our countenance, but against our express order." King, smiling. "I'might order priests as well,” replied the Count, furnished Louis XI. with a metaphor. The same proverb was
have become common among the courtiers, since they already as my Lord Bishop of Evreux, or my Lord Cardinal, quoted by Durandarte, in the enchanted cave of Montesinos if he likes the title better, can exercise the soldiers of The alleged origin of the invention of cards, produced one of your Majesty's guard."
the shrewdest replies I have ever heard given in evidence. It The King smiled again, and more mysteriously, great eminence at the Scottish bar. "The Doctor's testimony
was made by the late Dr. Gregory of Edinburgh to a counsel of while he whispered Dunois, “The time may come went to prove the insanity of the party whose mental capacity when you and I will regulate the priests together was the point at issue. On a cross. interrogation, he admitted But this is for the present a good conceited animal of that the person in question played admirably at whist. "And a Bishop. Ah, Dunois! Rome, Rome puts him and person having a superior capacity for a game so difficult, and other burdens upon us-But patience, cousin, and which requires in a pre-eminent degree, memory, judgment, and shuffle the cards, till our hand is a stronger one. combination, can be at the same time deranged in his under.
standing ?" "I am no card player," said the doctor, "witha * Dr. Dryasdust here remarks, that cards, said to have been seat address, “but I have read in history that cards were ininvented in a preceding reign, for the amusement of Charles V. vented for the amusement of an insane king." The consequenduring the intervals of his mental disorder, seem speedily to ces of this reply were decisive.