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. 1857 Excerpt: ... Marguerite de Valois, then in her seventh year. Overtures had already been made by the queen-regent of Portugal to the court of France, to obtain the promise of Marguerite's future alliance for the infant king of Portugal. Catherine de Medici, however, preferred to give her daughter to Don Carlos, and entered into the negotiation with fervour. Elizabeth had scarcely been in Spain two months before she was urged to forward this marriage; and Catherine incessantly pressed the matter upon her daughter's attention, with a pertinacity which even the latter, herself, finally resented. "M. de Limoges, if there was hope of alliance with the prince of Spain, we should much prefer it to this present overture:J but in default of the former alliance it would not be politic to reject this, which is the next best that presents itself. You will mention it to the queen of Spain, that she may dexterously contrive to fathom this matter; but you 1 Lettre de Claude de Nau, a la royne mere--Negotiations sou& Francois II., p. 460. 2 The overtures made by the regent of Portugal. Sebastian, king of Portugal, was born January, 1554, and was at this period seven years old. will admonish her as she loves her brother and her sister, to keep the project secret as yet," wrote the cardinal de Lorraine to de l'Aubespine. Catherine herself appended a postscript to the same effect, to a despatch of similar tenor, written by Francis II. Elizabeth at this period addressed the following spirited letter to her mother, which she sent by M. de Vineux, the husband of her captious lady-inwaiting. ELIZABETH, QUEEN OF SPAIN, TO CATHERINE DE MEDICI. "Madame, "As M. de Vineux is returning home, I would not let him leave me without rendering testimony to the zeal with which he h...
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