Charlotte Mary Yonge In this little book the attempt has been to trace Greek History so as to be intelligible to young children. In fact, it will generally be found that classical history is remembered at an earlier age than modern history, probably because the events are simple, and there was something childlike in the nature of all the ancient Greeks. I would begin a child’s reading with the History of England, as that which requires to be known best; but from this I should think it better to pass to the History of Greece, and that of Rome (which is in course of preparation), both because of their giving some idea of the course of time, and bringing p. 4Scripture history into connection with that of the world, and because little boys ought not to begin their classical studies without some idea of their bearing.
Charlotte Mary Yonge This book tells the story of the Byronic Guy Morville, heir to the Redclyffe baronetcy, and his cousin Philip Morville, a conceited hypocrite who enjoys an unwarrantedly high reputation. When Guy raises money to secretly pay off the debts of his blackguard uncle, Philip spreads the rumour that Guy is a reckless gambler. As a result Guy's proposed marriage to his guardian's daughter Amy is called off and he is disowned by his guardian. Guy bears the situation with a new-found Christian fortitude until the uncle clears his character, enabling him to marry Amy after all. They honeymoon in Italy, finding Philip there suffering from a life-threatening fever. Guy nurses him back to health, but catches the fever himself and dies. Philip, transformed by contrition, inherits Redclyffe.
Charlotte Mary Yonge Kate is an orphan who suddenly gets promoted to Countess. She gets moved to her old spinster aunts' house and commences to struggle for 7/8 of the book. She's heedless and apt to get in scrapes. The story is a fair telling, and neither Kate's Aunt Barbara nor Kate herself end up looking very good by the end of things.
Charlotte Mary Yonge The main character is Richard Duke of Normandy, the great grandfather of William the Conqueror. At the beginning of the tale he is a boy of eight, who succeeds to the dukedom when his father is murdered in 943 A. D. His overlord King Louis carries the boy off to the French court. There his life seems to be in danger, and he is rescued by his faithful squire and returns to Normandy. The book continues with an account of the subsequent struggle between the Normans and French. It concludes with a summary of Richard's life, stressing his magnanimity.
Charlotte Mary Yonge In drawing up this little book at the request of several friends the Author has been chiefly guided by experience of what children require to be told in order to come to an intelligent perception of the scope of the Scripture narrative treated historically.
Charlotte Mary Yonge We own that ours do not lie very deep. The picture of Simon de Montfort drawn by his wife's own household books, as quoted by Mrs. Everett Green in her Lives of the Princesses, and that of Edward I. in Carte's History, and more recently in the Greatest of the Plantagenets, furnished the two chief influences of the story. The household accounts show that Earl Simon and Eleanor of England had five sons. Henry fell with his father at Evesham. Simon and Guy deeply injured his cause by their violence, and after holding out Kenilworth against the Prince, retired to the Continent, where they sacrilegiously murdered Henry, son of the King of the Romans a crime so much abhorred in Italy that Dante represents himself as meeting them in torments in the Inferno, not however before Guy had become the founder of the family of the Counts of Monforte in the Maremma. Richard, the fourth son, appears in the household books as possessing dogs, and having garments bought for him; but his history has not been traced after his mother left England. The youngest son, Amaury, obtained the hereditary French possessions of the family, and continued the line of Montfort as a French subject. Eleanor, the only daughter, called the Demoiselle de Montfort, married, as is well known, the last native prince of Wales, and died after a few years. The adventure of Edward with the outlaw of Alton Wood is one of the stock anecdotes of history, and many years ago the romance of the encounter led the author to begin a tale upon it, in which the outlaw became the protector of one of the proscribed family of Montfort.
Charlotte Mary Yonge This is biographical story of Mary. On a spring day, in the year 1568, Mistress Talbot sat in her lodging at Hull, an upper chamber, with a large latticed window, glazed with the circle and diamond leading perpetuated in Dutch pictures.
Charlotte Mary Yonge This is the story of a small family. 'Have you talked it over with her?' said Mr. Ferrars, as his little slender wife met him under the beeches that made an avenue of the lane leading to Fairmead vicarage. 'Yes!' was the answer.
Charlotte Mary Yonge This Book is a collection of true stories of courage and self-sacrifice. It is contaning short stories like: The stories of alcestis and antigone, The cup of water, and How one man has saved a host etc.
Charlotte Mary Yonge The first edition of this tale was put forth without explaining the old fable on which it was founded a fable recurring again and again in fairy myths, though not traceable in the classic world till a very late period.
Charlotte Mary Yonge Begun as a series of conversational sketches, the story outran both the original intention and the limits of the periodical in which it was commenced; and, such as it has become, it is here presented to those who have already made acquaintance with the May family, and may be willing to see more of them. It would beg to be considered merely as what it calls itself, a Family Chronicle a domestic record of home events, large and small, during those years of early life when the character is chiefly formed, and as an endeavor to trace the effects of those aspirations which are a part of every youthful nature. That the young should take one hint, to think whether their hopes and upward breathings are truly upwards, and founded in lowliness, may be called the moral of the tale.
Charlotte Mary Yonge There are of course peculiar advantages as well as disadvantages in endeavouring to write the life of one recently departed. On the one hand, the remembrances connected with him are far fresher; his contemporaries can he consulted, and much can be made matter of certainty, for which a few years would have made it necessary to trust to hearsay or probable conjecture. On the other, there is necessarily much more reserve; nor are the results of the actions, nor even their comparative importance, so clearly discernible as when there has been time to ripen the fruit. These latter drawbacks are doubled when the subject of the biography has passed away in comparatively early life: when the persons with whom his life is chiefly interwoven are still in full activity; and when he has only lived to sow his seed in many waters, and has barely gathered any portion of his harvest.
Charlotte Mary Yonge Charlotte Mary Yonge (1823-1901), was an English novelist, known for her huge output. She was devoted to the Church of England, and much influenced by John Keble, a near neighbour and one of the leaders of the Oxford Movement. Her novels reflected the values and concerns of Anglo-Catholicism. She began writing in 1848, and published during her long life about 100 works, chiefly novels. Her first commercial success, The Heir of Redclyffe (1854), provided the funding to enable the schooner Southern Cross to be put into service on behalf of George Selwyn. Similar charitable works were done with the profits from later novels. She was also editor, for nearly forty years, of a magazine for young ladies, the Monthly Packet. Among the best known of her works are Heartsease; or, The Brother's Wife (1854), The Daisy Chain; or, Aspirations (1856), A History of Christian Names (1863, revised 1884), A Book of Golden Deeds (1864), The Dove in the Eagle's Nest (1866), Life of John Coleridge Patteson: Missionary Bishop of the Melanesian Islands (1873) and Hannah More (1888).
Charlotte Mary Yonge This is a romance book. On the afternoon of a warm day in the end of July, an open carriage was waiting in front of the painted toy-looking building which served as the railway station of Teignmouth. The fine bay horses stood patiently enduring the attacks of hosts of winged foes, too well-behaved to express their annoyance otherwise than by twitchings of their sleek shining skins, but duly grateful to the coachman, who roused himself now and then to whisk off some more pertinacious tormentor with the end of his whip. Less patient was the sole occupant of the carriage, a maiden of about sixteen years of age.
Charlotte Mary Yonge This is a psychological story. "A state of mind the fishermen will be in!" proceeded Horatia. "You'll have every one of them at your feet". "I shall tell them that two of a trade never agree".
Charlotte Mary Yonge The battlements of a castle were, in disturbed times, the only recreation-ground of the ladies and play-place of the young people. Dunbar Castle, standing on steep rocks above the North Sea, was not only inaccessible on that side, but from its donjon tower commanded a magnificent view, both of the expanse of waves, taking purple tints from the shadows of the clouds, with here and there a sail fleeting before the wind, and of the rugged headlands of the coast, point beyond point, the nearer distinct, and showing the green summits, and below, the tossing waves breaking white against the dark rocks, and the distance becoming more and more hazy, in spite of the bright sun which made a broken path of glory along the tossing, white-crested waters.
Charlotte Mary Yonge The time of the novel is approximately the 1860’s; the place, Avonmouth, a sea-side resort; the unlikely heroine, Rachel Curtis, pedant, frustrated social reformer, self-styled old maid. The plot charts the stages of her downfall from a position of confident intellectual superiority to humble acceptance of her limitations both as a thinker and as a philanthropist. The method used to reveal the absurdity and danger of assumptions is dramatic, usually comic, irony. Through her cousin, the gentle, recently widowed Fanny Temple, whose arrival in Avonmouth initiates the action, Rachel meets a number of people who challenge her ideas. They shake her unwarranted confidence in her own judgment but rescue her from the consequences of her folly. Ironically, Rachel has patronized, snubbed or suspected every one of them . Yet she admires and trusts the chance-met, sinister Mauleverer. He takes advantage of her desire to help the young lace makers of the town, with disastrous consequences for them and for her. Yet the novel ends on a cheerful note with two weddings, plus the revelation that it is not Rachel but the poor cripple, Ermine Williams, sister of the Temples’ governess, who is the true Clever Woman.
Charlotte Mary Yonge It was in the first summer after their marriage that he was charmed with the vivacity and musical talent of her young sister Angela, now upon the world again. Angela had grown up as the pet and plaything of the Sisters of St. Faith's at Dearport, which she regarded as another home, and when crushed by grief at her eldest brother's death had hurried thither for solace. Her family thought her safe there, not realizing how far life is from having its final crisis over at one-and-twenty.
Charlotte Mary Yonge The question seemed to have been long under consideration, to judge by the manner in which it came out of the pouting lips of that sturdy young five-year-old gentleman, David Merrifield, as he sat on a volume of the great Latin Dictionary to raise him to a level with the tea-table.
Charlotte Mary Yonge So cried, shouted, shrieked a chorus, as a street door was torn open to admit four boys, with their leathern straps of books over their shoulders. They set up a responsive yell of 'Jolly! Jolly!' which being caught up and re-echoed by at least five voices within, caused a considerable volume of sound in the narrow entry and narrower staircase, up which might be seen a sort of pyramid of children.
Charlotte Mary Yonge Anne Woodford is a typical heroine, a basically good girl, but with a flaw in her character that requires correction. Most of her actions are well-meaning and well-judged. Her childhood love for Charles Archfield has to be overcome, for at eighteen he is married off to a spoilt childish heiress. She realizes that a marriage to Peregrine would be disastrous for both of them. Charles intervenes to save her from Peregrine, and she sees the apparently fatal result of the duel, but keeps the secret, until she has to reveal all at his trial. Before that her pride and ambition had caused her to reject a safe home with the religious Lady Russell in favor of a post at the court of King James. There she becomes an upper servant, and though loyally accompanying the royal family in their exile, she is neglected and rejected on account of her religion. Charles, now a widower, declares his love for her and before departing to join the Imperial army, enables her to return to England. She has learnt her lesson, and overcome her pride, finding happiness in the care of Charles' motherless child. There is a large cast of characters. Richard Cromwell, the son of the Protector, appears briefly, as does Dr James. In France she brings back characters from Stray Pearls, set forty years earlier, and introduces their descendants. The leading characters in A Reputed Changeling are skillfully drawn, and the minor characters are adequately shown. The plot is ingenious, linking public events with the seven year cycles of the changeling, though with some stretching of dates. Historical happenings are accurately described, and there is a convincing picture of Hampshire life in the late seventeenth century. Most of the action is set in an area well-known to C. M. Yonge, and her detailed knowledge gives added realism to her descriptions. Religious discussion and thought are prominent, but the moral teaching is enforced through the action, and the recognition of their failings by those concerned.
Charlotte Mary Yonge In the story Paul, abandoned as a baby is brought up in a workhouse. When he is old enough to earn his own living he is sent away and eventually arrives, dirty and ragged, at Friarswood where a brutal farmer employs and exploits him. However the villagers befriend him, and the acting clergyman, Mr. Cope, a deacon, prepares him for confirmation with the other boys. Later he rescues the 13 year old postman, Harold King from a thief, but becomes ill in consequence and is nursed by Harold’s mother. His intelligence and attainments are then recognized, and he is enabled to train as a school master, and in the last chapter of the book marries Ellen King, Harold’s sister.
Charlotte Mary Yonge The tale is set in 1651, at the close of the Civil War. The Royalists have been defeated at the battle of Worcester, and King Charles II and his followers are in flight. The chief characters, the Woodley’s, are a Royalist gentry family, impoverished by the war. The eldest son has been fighting for King Charles, and returns home, where he is hidden, but later captured by Parliamentary soldiers, due to the folly of two of the children and the maid, and the treachery of a manservant. His eldest sister helps him to escape; the younger children and the maid recognize and repent of their faults, while the traitor is appropriately punished. The story ends on a cheerful note nine years later. The king has returned in triumph, and the Woodley families are reunited.
Charlotte Mary Yonge Leonard, don't play with it, pray "It's not loaded". "Oh! but one never can tell: " then, half ashamed of her terror, "pray put it back, or we shall have an uproar with Henry". "This is none of Henry's".
Charlotte Mary Yonge This is a fiction short story. One summer afternoon, Helen Woodbourne returned from her daily walk with her sisters, and immediately repaired to the school room, in order to put the finishing touches to a drawing, with which she had been engaged.
Charlotte Mary Yonge This is an romantic story. In putting forth another work, the Author is anxious to say a few words on the design of these stories; not with a view to obviate criticism, but in hopes of pointing to the moral, which has been thought not sufficiently evident, perhaps because it has been desired to convey, rather than directly inculcate it. Throughout these tales the plan has been to present a picture of ordinary life, with its small daily events, its pleasures, and its trials, so as to draw out its capabilities of being turned to the best account. Great events, such as befall only a few, are thus excluded, and in the hope of helping to present a clue, by example, to the perplexities of daily life, the incidents, which render a story exciting, have been sacrificed, and the attempt has been to make the interest of the books depend on character painting.
Charlotte Mary Yonge The idea of this tale was taken from The Mariners’ Chronicle, compiled by a person named Scott early in the last century a curious book of narratives of maritime adventures, with exceedingly quaint illustrations. Nothing has ever shown me more plainly that truth is stranger than fiction, for all that is most improbable here is the actual fact. The Comte de Bourke was really an Irish Jacobite, naturalised in France, and married to the daughter of the Marquis de Varennes, as well as in high favour with the Marshal Duke of Berwick.
Charlotte Mary Yonge It has been my endeavour in the ensuing narratives to bring together such of the more distinguished Missionaries of the English and American nations as might best illustrate the character and growth of Mission work in the last two centuries. It is impossible to make it a real history of the Missions of modern times. If I could, I would have followed in the track of Mr. Maclear’s admirable volume, but the field is too wide, the material at once too numerous and too scattered, and the account of the spread of the Gospel in the distant parts of the earth has yet to be written in volumes far exceeding the bulk of those allotted to the Sunday Library. Two large classes of admirable Missions have been purposely avoided, —namely, those of the Jesuits in Japan, China, and North and South America, and those of the Moravians in Greenland, the United States, and Africa. These are noble works, but they are subjects apart, and our narratives deal with men exclusively of British blood, with the exception of Schwartz, whose toils were so entirely accepted and adopted by the Church of England, that he cannot but be reckoned among her ambassadors. The object, then, has been to throw together such biographies as are most complete, most illustrative, and have been found most inciting to stir up others—representative lives, as far as possible—from the time when p. vithe destitution of the Red Indians first stirred the heart of John Eliot, till the misery of the hunted negro brought Charles Mackenzie to the banks of the fever-haunted Zambesi.
Charlotte Mary Yonge Nuttie is the chief character. She develops from a noisy, enthusiastic schoolgirl to a cultured debutante, and then rigidly self-controlled young women. The latter stages are shown largely through editorial comment, though her intense love for her little brother is depicted in dialogue and action. The other two leading female characters are the two good wives, Alice in the early part of the novel, and Annaple, Mark's wife, in the latter. They are in marked contrast to each other, though both are devoted wives and mothers. Alice is humble, gentle, lacking in self-confidence, though firm to do what she thinks is right. Annaple is full of vitality, confident and joyous, however bad the circumstances. Nuttie's father, Mark and Mr. Dutton are mainly seen from the outside. The first has an air of high breeding which masks his weakness, indolence and selfishness. Nuttie may have endured his constant sarcasm the better, in that Mr. Dutton had used the same method to control her as a young girl. His switch to admiration of her adult character seems somewhat improbable. Mark's character is more consistent. He is an upright, rather priggish young man, eager to enter what he sees as the real world of work, but not really good at it, and as a devoted husband and father glad to return to a life easier and healthier for his family.
Charlotte Mary Yonge To begin with the first that is known about it, or rather that is guessed. A part of a Roman road has been traced in Otterbourne Park, and near it was found a piece of a quern, one of the old stones of a hand mill, such as was used in ancient times for grinding corn; so that the place must have been inhabited at least seventeen hundred years ago. In the last century a medallion bearing the head of a Roman Emperor was found here, sixteen feet beneath the surface. It seems to be one of the medallions that were placed below the Eagle on the Roman Standards, and it is still in the possession of the family of Fitt, of Westley.
Charlotte Mary Yonge A London dining-room was lighted with gas, which showed a table of small dimensions, with a vase of somewhat dirty and dilapidated grasses in the centre, and at one end a soup tureen, from which a gentleman had helped himself and a young girl of about thirteen, without much apparent consciousness of what he was about, being absorbed in a pile of papers, pamphlets, and letters, while she on her side kept a book pinned open by a gravy spoon. The elderly maid-servant, who set the dishes before them, handed the vegetables and changed the plates, really came as near to feeding the pair as was possible with people above three years old.
Charlotte Mary Yonge We hear a great deal about King and Parliament, great lords and able generals, Cavaliers and Roundheads, but this story is to help us to think how it must have gone in those times with quiet folk in cottages and farmhouses. There had been peace in England.
Charlotte Mary Yonge Eleanor Mohun was the eldest child of a gentleman of old family, and good property, who had married the sister of his friend and neighbour, the Marquis of Rotherwood. The first years of her life were marked by few events. She was a quiet, steady, useful girl, finding her chief pleasure in nursing and teaching her brothers and sisters, and her chief annoyance in her mamma’s attempts to make her a fine lady; but before she had reached her nineteenth year she had learnt to know real anxiety and sorrow. Her mother, after suffering much from grief at the loss of her two brothers, fell into so alarming a state of health, that her husband was obliged immediately to hurry her away to Italy, leaving the younger children under the care of a governess, and the elder boys at school, while Eleanor alone accompanied them.
Charlotte Mary Yonge This novel centers on a mysterious legacy, a medical discovery named the Magnum Bonum, left by a dying father to his most deserving son. It exerts a normalizing force on the younger generation, suppressing daughter Janet ’s lesbian desires and feminist activism, and disciplining son Jock’s iconoclastic and anticapitalist performances. The only person empowered by the Magnum Bonum is Mother Carey, who becomes its guardian, exalts it into a near-religious icon, and finally acquires a voice of her own through being ventriloquized by her dead husband’s wishes.
Charlotte Mary Yonge This is a short story. And if it be the heart of man Which our existence measures, Far longer is our childhood's span Than that of manly pleasures. 'For long each month and year is then, Their thoughts and days extending, But months and years.
Charlotte Mary Yonge A morte perpetua, Libera nos, Domine. So rang forth the supplication, echoing from rock and fell, as the people of Claudiodunum streamed forth in the May sunshine to invoke a blessing on the cornlands, olives, and vineyards that won vantage ground on the.
Charlotte Mary Yonge A telegram make haste and open it, Jane; they always make me so nervous! I believe that is the reason Reginald always will telegraph when he is coming', said Miss Adeline Mohun, a very pretty, well preserved.
Charlotte Mary Yonge The tale is set in the reign of Henry VIII. On the death of their father, a New Forest Verderer, his younger sons, Ambrose and Stephen Birkenholt, lose their home and travel to London in search of their mother's brother. In his youth he was suspected of deer stealing and had to leave the Forest, but was now said to hold a good position in the household of the Archbishop of York, the future Cardinal Wolsey. On their journey the brothers earn the gratitude of a London armorer, Giles Headley, whom they save from robbers. They find their uncle, but are humiliated to learn that he is Wolsey's jester, though this is an influential position. Ambrose has a religious conversion, and in time becomes a clerk to Sir Thomas More. Stephen is apprenticed to the armorer. Years pass, Stephen falls in love with his master's daughter, but she is betrothed to another apprentice, Giles Headley the younger, her father's godson and heir. At the Field of the Cloth of Gold this Giles and Stephen are both tempted to join a band of mercenaries. Giles succumbs, partly to escape his betrothal, for he loves a gentle Arab girl, but Stephen remains true to his master, who rewards him with the hand of his daughter, and makes him his heir. Ten years later Wolsey dies in disgrace, and his loyal jester returns to the New Forest, where he becomes a prosperous and respected farmer. In 1535 Sir Thomas More also falls from royal favor, and is executed. Giles Headley returns, steadied by his military experiences. Moved by the plea of his Aldonza, a servant in the More household, and aided by Ambrose and Stephen, he removes the head of Sir Thomas from London Bridge. The elder brother of the Birkenholts dies, and Ambrose soon follows him. Stephen thus inherits his old home in the Forest, and the office of Verderer, and Giles, who has married Aldonza, is reinstated as the heir to the armorer.
Charlotte Mary Yonge In 1814 a young English officer stationed in Canada marries a local girl. After Indian attacks each believes the other dead. The wife bears a daughter, Hester, and later remarries. Her first husband, recovering from his wounds, returns to England, inherits an earldom and, believing he to be a widower, marries a lady of good family by whom he has two sons and two daughters, the elder of who, Ursula, narrates the story. Many years after his second wife's death the earl marries for e third time, but his young wife dies in childbirth, leaving her sickly baby son, Alured, to Ursula's care. Meanwhile in Canada Hester, having been given a good education, has married an American farmer. Chance reveals her real rank, and after the death of her mother and the birth of her son she is determined to go to England and claim her rights. In this she is opposed by her husband, but encouraged by a crafty lawyer. When she arrives the shock proves fatal to her father, but to her disappointment, her son is not the successor, for the third marriage took place after her mother's death, so little Alured is legitimate, and the new earl. There is now a reversal of situation. Lady Hester is now rich, having inherited half the earl's fortune. The four children of the second marriage now impoverished as well as illegitimate turn to farming. The younger brother immigrates to New Zealand, the elder takes over a farm near his old home, and as guardian of little Alured manages the estate. Ursula and her sister share this farmhouse life. The elder brother's engagement is broken off by the girl's worldly mother, and Ursula rejects her own suitor in pride and self-will.
Charlotte Mary Yonge Charlotte M. Yonge was an English teacher and Victorian era author of many fiction and non-fiction works, who dedicated her talents as a writer to the service of the church and was widely read and respected in the nineteenth century.
“The Dove in the Eagle's Nest” is a historical novel, published in 1866. The action is set during the reign of Maximilian I of the Holy Roman Empire in the latter half of the 15th century which was a time of political consolidation under the rule of young Maximilian.
As well as the others Yonge's literary works, this one is characterized by the historical accuracy. You have the great opportunity to get acquainted with the characters and events of a little known period of history! Enjoy the reading!
Charlotte Mary Yonge History of France
Charlotte Mary Yonge, english novelist (1823-1901)
This ebook presents «History of France», from Charlotte Mary Yonge. A dynamic table of contents enables to jump directly to the chapter selected.
Table of Contents
-01- About this book
-02- THE EARLIER KINGS OF FRANCE
-03- THE HUNDRED YEARS' WAR
-04- THE STRUGGLE WITH BURGUNDY
-05- THE ITALIAN WARS
-06- THE WARS OF RELIGION
-07- POWER OF THE CROWN
-08- THE REVOLUTION
-09- FRANCE SINCE THE REVOLUTION
Charlotte Mary Yonge Formerly the Muse of the historical romance was an independent and arbitrary personage, who could compress time, resuscitate the dead, give mighty deeds to imaginary heroes, exchange substitutes for popular martyrs on the scaffold, and make the most stubb.
Charlotte Mary Yonge The story is set in the reign of Edward III. The hero, Eustace Lynwood accompanies his elder brother and his troop, the Lances of Lynwood, to France, and with them joins the Black Prince in his expedition to Spain. There Eustace distinguishes himself, is knighted, and on the death of his brother in battle becomes the leader of the troop, a difficult post. When the English army returns to France the troop is disbanded, and sometime later Eustace returns to England to rescue his brother's young son, in danger from an enemy of the family. He takes the boy to the court of the Black Prince in France, but falls under suspicion himself. He loses the favor of the Prince, and is sent to a post of great danger. He survives the peril and the story ends with his marriage to the gentle sister of the family enemy.
Charlotte Mary Yonge Charlotte Mary Yonge was a prolific English novelist in the 19th century. Yonge was born to a Christian family and her values played a strong role in her writings. Yonge's books earned much praise during her lifetime including from other esteemed authors such as George Eliot, Lewis Carroll, and Anthony Trollope.
History of France, published in 1878, provides a detailed description starting with the early kings of France through Yonge's time.
Charlotte Mary Yonge On a spring day, in the year 1568, Mistress Talbot sat in her lodging at Hull, an upper chamber, with a large latticed window, glazed with the circle and diamond leading perpetuated in Dutch pictures, and opening on a carved balcony, whence, had she been so minded, she could have shaken hands with her opposite neighbour. There was a richly carved mantel-piece, with a sea-coal fire burning in it, for though it was May, the sea winds blew cold, and there was a fishy odour about the town, such as it was well to counteract. The floor was of slippery polished oak, the walls hung with leather, gilded in some places and depending from cornices, whose ornaments proved to an initiated eye, that this had once been the refectory of a small priory, or cell, broken up at the Reformation.
Of furniture there was not much, only an open cupboard, displaying two silver cups and tankards, a sauce-pan of the same metal, a few tall, slender, Venetian glasses, a little pewter, and some rare shells. A few high-backed chairs were ranged against the wall; there was a tall "armory," i.e. a linen-press of dark oak, guarded on each side by the twisted weapons of the sea unicorn, and in the middle of the room stood a large, solid-looking table, adorned with a brown earthenware beau-pot, containing a stiff posy of roses, southernwood, gillyflowers, pinks and pansies, of small dimensions. On hooks, against the wall, hung a pair of spurs, a shield, a breastplate, and other pieces of armour, with an open helmet bearing the dog, the well-known crest of the Talbots of the Shrewsbury line.
On the polished floor, near the window, were a child's cart, a little boat, some whelks and limpets. Their owner, a stout boy of three years old, in a tight, borderless, round cap, and home-spun, madder-dyed frock, lay fast asleep in a big wooden cradle, scarcely large enough, however, to contain him, as he lay curled up, sucking his thumb, and hugging to his breast the soft fragment of a sea-bird's downy breast. If he stirred, his mother's foot was on the rocker, as she sat spinning, but her spindle danced languidly on the floor, as if "feeble was her hand, and silly her thread;" while she listened anxiously, for every sound in the street below. She wore a dark blue dress, with a small lace ruff opening in front, deep cuffs to match, and a white apron likewise edged with lace, and a coif, bent down in the centre, over a sweet countenance, matronly, though youthful, and now full of wistful expectancy; not untinged with anxiety and sorrow.
Charlotte Mary Yonge An historical novel set in sixteenth-century France -- a time when the persecution of the Huguenots was at its height. The story begins with a baby-marriage to secure an alliance between families.
Charlotte Mary Yonge The novel is set in Germany towards the end of the 15th century, a period of change throughout Europe. In Germany the feudal system had broken down. The rise of the cities had led to a decline in the economic importance of the countryside. Power resided in the cities and in the hands of the great nobles. Successive emperors, unwilling to be mere figureheads like their predecessors, were attempting to impose their authority on their subjects. A noted figure was the Emperor Maximilian (ruled 1495 - 1516) who tried to unify and pacify the empire, but with limited success, as he wasted his great energy and abilities on too many other objects. However, efforts were being made to combat lawlessness and end the private warfare that had ravaged the countryside. At the same time the influence of the Church was being undermined by a perception of its great power, wealth and corruption.
Charlotte Mary Yonge The sun shone slanting over a spacious park, the undulating ground here turning a broad lawn towards the beams that silvered every blade of grass; there, curving away in banks of velvet green; shadowed by the trees; gnarled old thorns in the holiday suit whence they take their name, giant's nosegays of horse-chestnuts, mighty elms and stalwart oaks, singly or in groups, the aristocracy of the place; while in the background rose wooded coverts, where every tint of early green blended in rich masses of varied foliage.
Charlotte Mary Yonge The novel opens in the year 1421. England, though engaged in warfare in France, enjoys peace and prosperity at home, but Scotland is in a state of anarchy. Its king, James I, the caged lion of the title, has been a prisoner in England since boyhood, though the king, Henry V, treats him as a friend. The chief character, Malcolm Stewart, is a timid, sickly, scholarly youth, who feels that the best way to protect his tenants and his sister is to give her in marriage to their soldierly cousin Patrick, and himself become a monk. This is found to be no solution. Lilias is placed in a nunnery, Patrick goes to fight the English in France, and Malcolm enters the service of his royal kinsman, James I. The tale is partly concerned with Malcolm's spiritual journey, partly with historical events, Henry V's last expedition to France and his death, and King James' return to Scotland. The historical characters are major not background figures. Most of the action takes place in France. While in England Malcolm improves in health and falls in love with Esclairmonde, who is vowed to a nun's life, and rejects him. He succumbs to the temptations of camp life in France, but repents and is able to save Esclairmonde from her wicked relatives. Returning to Scotland, he finds that his sister has been stolen from her convent, rescues her and restores her to Patrick who marries her. Malcolm gives up a life of peaceful scholarship to help King James bring order to Scotland. After the king's murder, he goes on pilgrimage to the Holy Land but dies on his return, having seen Esclairmonde again, and told her of the vision he has had of the two kings. The historical characters reveal themselves in their relationships with each other and with the fictitious ones.