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The History of France, Under the Kings of the Race of Valois, from the Accession of Charles the Fifth in 1364, to the Death of Charles the Ninth in 1574. In two volumes
o the Death of Charles the Ninth in 1574. In two volumes 1807 - A scarce set of Wraxhall's brilliant history of medieval France. Complete in two volumes. With interesting armorial bookplates of Lilyan Montgomery Leader Williams to front pastedowns. Sir Nathaniel William Wraxall, first baronet (17511831), traveller and memoirist. In 1775 Wraxall published Cursory Remarks Made in a Tour through some of the Northern Parts of Europe, dedicated to Viscount Clare in gratitude for his patronage. Wraxall's travelogue is elegantly written, and its Scandinavian and Russian itinerary was novel and therefore of great interest to the reading public. Wraxall continued to travel around Europe during the late 1770s, visiting Germany and Italy in 17789. In 1780 he returned to England and became member of parliament for Hindon (Wiltshire). Between the late 1770s and 1815 Wraxall published several more works of travel narrative and historical anecdote, including Memoirs of the kings of France of the race of Valois: interspersed with interesting anecdotes, to which is added, A tour through the western, southern, and interior provinces of France (2 vols. , 1777), which was translated into French in 1784, and saw several English editions; Memoirs of the Courts of Berlin, Dresden, Warsaw, and Vienna (2 vols. , 1779); and an uncompleted History of France, from the Accession of Henry III to the Death of Louis XIV (3 vols. , 1795; 6 vols. , 1814). These works may be seen as rehearsals for the publication which was to bring Wraxall great fame and notoriety in 1815: the Historical Memoirs of my Own Time, from 1772 to 1784 (2 vols. ). The first part of the narrative is a collection of anecdotes gathered during his European travels, including some grisly tales of aristocratic murder allegedly told to Wraxall by Lady Hamilton; but it was the second and more substantial section which generated public interest and critical outrage. Here Wraxall describes in fascinating, often scurrilous detail the political world and the London social scene, commenting on everything from hairstyles and costume to the conduct of the American war. DNBThe House of Valois was a cadet branch of the Capetian dynasty, succeeding the House of Capet (or Direct Capetians) as kings of France from 1328 to 1589. A cadet branch of the family reigned as dukes of Burgundy from 1363 to 1482. They were descendants of Charles of Valois, the fourth son of King Philip III. They based their claim on the Salic law, which excluded females (Joan II of Navarre) as well as male descendants through the distaff line (Edward III of England), from the succession to the French throne. Condition: Rebound in half calf bindings with marbled boards, original decorative backstrips laid over. Externally sound, some shelfwear, slight loss to original spine labels. Internally, firmly bound. Bright with light scattered spotting throughout, and some damp staining throughvolume I. Pages iii-vi detached in volume I. Overall: GOOD. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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