The White King; Or Charles the First, Vol. 2 of 2
Excerpt from The White King; Or Charles the First, Vol. 2 of 2: And the Men and Women, Life and Manners, Literature and Art of England in the First Half of the 17th Century Three Noble Ladies: Margaret, Duchess of Newcastle - Lady Anne Fanshawe - Mrs. Hutchinson. The memoirs of the three famous Englishwomen whose names and titles are prefixed to this chapter help the reader to an intelligent conception of the domestic life of England, among the cultivated classes, in the reign of Charles I. - a domestic life of which any country might be proud, for it was brightened by all the social graces, and consecrated by unsullied purity and unfading affection. The 'true story' of Duchess Margaret is told by herself in a work of singular simplicity, characterized by no inconsiderable literary talent: 'Nature's Pictures drawn by Fancy's Pencil to the Life. Written by the Thrice Noble, Illustrious, and Excellent Princess, the Lady Marchioness of Newcastle. In this volume' - so runs the title-page of the edition of 1656 - 'there are several feigned Stories of Natural Descriptions, as Comical, Tragical, and Tragicomical, Poetical, Romancical, Philosophical, and Historical, both in Prose and Verse, some all Verse, some all Prose, some mixt, partly Prose, and partly Verse. Also, there are some Morals and some Dialogues: but they are as the advantage. Loaves of Bread as a Bakers' Dozen: and a true Story at the latter End, wherein there is no feigning.' Of this true story I shall furnish an epitome. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.