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is acquitted. XIII. The Reformed send some

Deputies to the Prince of Conde, &c. XIV. Tbeir

Petition to the Queen Mother. XV. Her Ma-

jesty's Answer. XVI. Letter of Mr. Villemadon

to her Majesty. XVII. She complains of the

Government. XVIII. The King of Navarr

coming to Court. XIX. Another Petition of the

Reformed to the Queen. XX. Her Antwer.

XXI. A very severe Ediêt against the Reformed.

XXII. Unjust Proceedings against them. XXIII.

Of de Rusjanges an Informer. XXIV. Ways

devised to surprize The Reformed at Paris.

XXV. Vicomte's House assaulted. XXVI. The

Reformed Houses plunder'd at Paris, and in o-

ther Cities. XXVII. Catharine's Bebaviour

on this occasion. XXVIII. Horrid Calumnies.

against the Reformed. XXIX. Mr. de, Sou-

celles arrested, XXX. Persecutions more fierce.

than ever in France. XXXI. Attorney Boulart

his Wife and Daughters prosecuted. XXXII.

False Rumour about the King's Journey to Blois.

XXXIII. New Ediet against the Reformed.

XXXIV. President Minart alsafinated. XXXV.

Images set up in the Streetsto distinguish the Re-

formed. XXXVI. Effeets of the tyrannical
Government of the Guises. XXXVII. A Scheme
for a Reformation of the Government. XXXVIII.
The Reformed Religion was not

the occa-
fion of ine Plot of Amboise. XXXIX. Proved
against Daniel by his own Quotations, as by
Some others, ont of Cetholick Authors. XL. A
fill Account of that Plct, out of M. de Thou's
History. XLI. La Renaudie's Charačier.
XLII. The Plot is discovered by d'Avenelles.
XLIII. Mecsures of the Guises io prevent the
Effiffs of it. XLIV. Caliciai's and Moze-
res's fruillefs attempt ani riance. XLV.
The Original of the word 1.361.ct. XLVI.

La Renaudie's Foot routed, be bimself is killed.
XLVII. Great Cruelties of the Guises. XLVIII.
The Prince of Conde arrested upon suspicion.
XLIX. He vindicates bis Innocence and is ac-
quitted. L. The King of Navarr suspected, but
plainly justified. LI. D’Avenelles recompensed,
bis Charafter. LII. Chancellor Oliver's Death,
änd Character. LIII. M. De l'Hospital suc-
ceeds bim, bis CharaEter. LIV. Base Flattery
of the Parliament of Paris to the Guises. LV.
The King writes to the King of Navarr, and to
the Princes of Germany. LVI. Admiral de com
ligny and bis Brothers leave the Court. LVII.
The Prisoners of Blois's, &c. Escape. LVIII.
Bantring Letter of Stuart to the Guises. LIX.
The Ediet of Romorantin. LX. The King's
publick Entry at Tours. LXI. Wicked Deo
Signs of Capt. Richelieu, against the Inhabitants.
LXII. Queen Mother's Endeavours to win the

Reformed to ber Interest. LXIII. A Pamphlet
against the Guises. LXIV. Some innocent suf-
fer for it. LXV. The Prince of Conde goes to
Nerac. LXVI. His Retreat creates great
Jealoufes at Court. LXVII. The Queen Mo-
ther's Conference with la Planche, that Gentle-
man's generous Answer to the Queen. LXVIII.
The Prince of Conde arrives at Nerac, and fol-
licits bis Brother. LXIX. Asembly of Fon-
tainebleau. LXX. The Chancellor's Speech.
LXXI. Admiral de Coligny presents two Peti-
tions to tbe King. LXXII. The Bishop of Va-
lence's Speecb. LXXIII. Tbe Archbishop of
Vienne's Speech. LXXIV. The Admirals
Vote. LXXV. The Cardinal of Lorrain's Vote.
LXXVI. Conclusion of that Asembly. LXXVII.
The States General appointed at Meaux for the
10th of December 1560. LXXVIII. La Sague
arrefted, bis Papers and Letters seized and
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opened.
opened. LXXIX. Enterprize upon Lyons,
LXXX. The King's Proclamation. LXXXI.
Cardinal of Bourbon goes to Nerac. LXXXII.
La Sague makes new Discoveries. LXXXIII.
The Reformed perform Divine Service publick-
ly at Valence and other places of Dauphine ;
the Magistrate connives at it. LXXXIV. The
Duke of Guise orders Maugiron to suppress them.
LXXXV. 'He takes Valence and plunders it.
LXXXVI. Several Executions at Valence, Ro-
mans, &c. LXXXVII. Extraordinary Death
of some Persecutors. LXXXVIII. De Mont-
brun's Expedition in the County of Venaisin.
LXXXIX. He leaves the Kingdom, and retires
into Switzerland. XC. Anthony and Paul de
Mouvans take Arms in Provence in their own De-
fence. XCI. Anthony barbarously murdered at
Draguignan by the Mob. XCII. Paul endeavours
to revenge his Brother's Death. XCIII. His Expe-
dition in Provence, and his Treaty with the Count
of Tendes. XCIV. He retires to Geneva, XCV.
The Duke of Guise's Offers to bim, and bis Answer.
XCVI. Commotions in Normandy, caused fpe-
cially by a Fanatick. XCVII. Several Judg-
ments ebout the Princes of Bourbon. XCVIII.
The King sets out for Orleans. XCIX. Advices
of Marillac to the Duchess of Montpenfier.
C. That Prelate's Death and CharaEter. CI.The
King's publick Entry in Orleans. CII. Confesion
of Faith drawn by the Guises. CIII. They in-
fringe 14poin the Liberty of the Deputies to the
States. CIV. Dandelot retires secretly from
Court. CV. The King of Navarr and the Prince
of Condé set out for Orleans. CVI. Their Re-
ception. CVII. The Prince of Condé arrested.
CVIII. As likewise the Dowager of Roye, and
Groflot Bailiff of Orleans. ČIX. Commissaries
eppointed for examining the Prince, Cx. Great
Violences of the Guises. CXI. They refolve upon the murder of the King of Navart. CXII. Admiral de Coligny in danger. CXIII. The Constable's Prudence. CXIV. The Prince's Tryal and Condemnation. CXV. Great Policy of the Queen Mother. CXVI. The King's last Fit of Sickness. CXVII. The Guises provide for their own Security. CXVIII. New danger of the King of Navarr. CXIX. Instances of ibe Guises to bave the two Princes of Bourbon put to death, but in vain. CXX, King Francis's Death and Obsequies. CXXI. A General View of the Reformed Churches in France during this Reign.

W

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

write,

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.

I.

rine de

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.

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