Memoirs of the Court of England during the Reign of the Stuarts: Including the Protectorate - Vol. 1

Memoirs of the Court of England during the Reign of the Stuarts: Including the Protectorate - Vol. 1

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Memoirs of the Court of England during the Reign of the Stuarts: Including the Protectorate - Vol. 1

Memoirs of the Court of England during the Reign of the Stuarts: Including the Protectorate - Vol. 1

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It is a fact, which cannot have escaped observation, that while French literature abounds with private memoirs and personal anecdote, our own is deplorably deficient in agreeable chronicles of this nature. To the author, or rather compiler, of this work, the want appeared to be less owing to the absence of materials, than to a requisite diligence in bringing them to light; in a word, that there existed a supply of latent stores in our own language (buried, as it were, among voluminous records and forgotten pamphlets) sufficient to form a succinct social history of distinguished characters, who figure more or less in every portion of our annals.

With this view of the subject, it occurred to the author, that the private history of the Reigns of the Stuarts and of the Protectorate,--their families, and others intimately connected with the Court,--would present a series of agreeable and instructive anecdotes; would furnish the means of introducing the reader to the principal personages of their day, and of exhibiting . . .

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