The History of Germany: From the Earliest Period to the Present Time - Vol. 3

The History of Germany: From the Earliest Period to the Present Time - Vol. 3

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The History of Germany: From the Earliest Period to the Present Time - Vol. 3

The History of Germany: From the Earliest Period to the Present Time - Vol. 3

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CHARLES, Joseph the First's younger brother, had [ A. D. 1704] been sent into Spain for the purpose of setting up his claim as the rightful heir of the house of Habsburg in opposition to that of the usurper Philip. It had been decided that Spain should, under Charles, remain separate from Austria under Joseph, the union of so many crowns on one head, as formerly on that of Charles V., being viewed with jealousy by the English, the Dutch, and the empire. Charles had, like his brother, been surrounded from his birth with the stiff ceremonial of the old Spanish court and with a gorgeous magnificence that flimsily veiled the absence of genuine grandeur. Charles, like Joseph during the Landau campaign, was accompanied in his journey to Spain by a suite of the most useless description, such as butlers, clerks of the kitchen, plate-cleaners, etc. He travelled through Holland to England, where he was conducted through rows of beautiful girls to Queen Anne's bed-chamber, where she presented to him the most beautiful of her ladies-in-waiting, each of whom he honoured with a salute. He was at that time unmarried, but shortly afterwards Elisabeth* of Wolfenbüttel was sent to him as a bride. From . . .

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