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formed. XXXVI. Effeets of the tyrannical
La Renaudie's Foot routed, be bimself is killed.
Reformed to ber Interest. LXIII. A Pamphlet
E are to enter into a new Scene of the FrancisII. most tragick Events, which scarce can 1559.
Pope be parallelled in any History ancient
Paul IV. or modern, whether considered in their Nature, in their Cause, or in the Springs and the Means Introducput in use to bring them forth, or in their long tion to this duration. We shall see one of the most flourish- second
Book. ing Kingdoms made a prey to the Avarice and Ambition of a foreign Family ; which, for compassing their Ends, gratifying their criminal Passions, and paving their way to the Throne, by depriving the lawful Heirs of their just Rights, fpared none of those Methods which the most, unjuft Ufurpers are wont to put in practice to attain their ends, Knavery, Perfidiousness, Perjury, Lyes, Calumnies, Murders, Affaffinations, Poisoning, Massacres, &c. And all that under the fpecious pretence of the publick Good, and the honour of Religion, to dazzle the People's Eyes, and intrap them the more eafily in their Snares.
These Events are so strictly united, though hy accident, with the History I have undertook to M 2
FrancisII. write, that it is impossible to separate them ; and 1559. to the end that the Reader may form a right
Pope Paul sv. Judgment, and know whether the Reformed
Religion was so much concerned in them, as to be the cause of them ; as Maimbourg, Daniel, and other Writers of that kind have boldly afserted, he must be first thoroughly acquainted with the true Character of the Ringleaders and chief Actors, in those bloody Tragedies, and then we shall consider in their proper place the true Causes and Motives of their Conduct, the Ends they proposed to themselves. But I shall give here only the Character of those who have begun under this Reign ; and the two or three first years of the following, referring to speak of the others, as they shall come upon the Stage : I shall begin with the Queen-Mother.
CATHARINE, Daughter to Laurent de MeCharakter dicis, and Niece to Pope Clement VIII. was born of Catha
at Florence in the year 1520, and was married Medicis. to Henry Duke of Orleans second Son of Fran
cis I. The Ceremony was performed at Marseilles, where the King of France and Clement met together in October 1533.
All the Historians of those times agree in giving to that Princess all the Accomplishments of Body and Mind.
She had a noble and majestick Mien, ingaging Manners, a great Wit, quick in finding out a thift, in the greatest Emergencies; and not desponding in the greatest Misfortunes.
She had little or no occasion to make use of these Qualities, during the Life of the King her Husband, who being entirely possessed by the Duchess of Valentinois, gave no share at all to his Queen in the management of Affairs.