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LORD GEORGE BENTINCK,
A POLITICAL BIOGRAPHY.
BY B. DISRAELI, M.P.
From Blackwood's MAGAZINE.-" This biography cannot fail to attract the deep attention of the public. We are bound to say, that as political biography we have rarely, if ever, met with a book more dexterously handled, or more replete with interest. The exertions of Lord George Bentinck in behalf of every assailed or depressed branch of British and Colonial industry—the vast pains which he took in procuring authentic information--and the enormous amount of private labour he underwent in the preparation of those materials which have thrown a novel light upon disputed doctrines of economy—are faithfully chronicled in this most interesting volume. The history of the famous session of 1846, as written by Disraeli in that brilliant and pointed style of which he is so consummate a master, is deeply interesting. He has traced this memorable struggle with a vivacity and power unequalled as yet in any narrative of Parliamentary proceedings.”
From The DUBLIN UNIVERSITY MAGAZINE.--"A political biography of Lord George Bentinck by Mr. Disraeli must needs be a work of interest and importance. Either the subject or the writer would be sufficient to invest it with both-the combination surrounds it with peculiar attractions. In this most interesting volume Mr. Disraeli has produced a memoir of his friend in which he has combined the warmest enthusiasm of affectionate attachment with the calmness of the critic, and in which he has not only added to bis reputation, but we verily believe must increase his influence even as a politician.”
From The Morning HERALD.—“Mr. Disraeli's tribute to the memory of his departed friend is as graceful and as touching as it is accurate and impartial. No one of Lord George Bentinck's colleagues could have been selected, who, from his high literary attainments, his personal intimacy, and party associations, would have done such complete justice to the memory of a friend and Parliamentary associate. Mr. Disraeli has here presented us with the very type and embodiment of what history should be. His sketch of the condition of parties is seasoned with some of those piquant personal episodes of party maneuvres and private intrigues, in the author's happiest and most captivating vein, which convert the dry details of politics into a sparkling and agreeable narrative. But the portrait which will stamp the book as one of the most extraordinary productions of the time is that of Sir Robert Peel. It is written with wonderful force and extraordinary impartiality.”
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“ English readers have long been indebted to Mr. and Mrs. Howitt. They have now increased our obligations by presenting us with this most charming and valuable work, by means of which the great majority of the reading public will be, for the first time, made acquainted with the rich stores of intellectual wealth long garnered in the literature and beautiful romance of Northern Europe. From the famous Edda, whose origin is lost in antiquity, down to the novels of Miss Bremer and Baroness Knorring, the prose and poetic writings of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Iceland are here introduced to us in a manner at once singularly comprehensive and concise. It is no dry enumeration of names, but the very marrow and spirit of the various works displayed before us. We have old ballads and fairy tales, always fascinating; we have scenes from plays, and selections from the poets, with most attractive biographies of these and other great men. The songs and ballads are translated with exquisite poetic beauty.Sun.
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THE LIFE OF MARIE DE MEDICIS,
QUEEN OF FRANCE,
CONSORT OF HENRY IV., AND REGENT OF THE KINGDOM UNDER
BY MISS PARDOE. Author of “ Louis XIV. And The Court of FRANCE IN THE 17TH CENTURY,”
“The CITY OF THE SULTAN,” &c.
The life of the illustrious daughter of the Medici, and the no less famous Queen-Regent of France, which forms the subject matter of these volumes, was one of such extraordinary vicissitude that it is probable no other page of historical biography affords a similar example of the instability of human greatness. Born a Princess, reared “under the purple," married in the bloom of her proud beauty to one of the most powerful monarchs in Europe, wielding during her maturity the sceptre of a mighty state, and ultimately wandering through foreign lands in her decline a forsaken exile—forsaken alike by her children, and by the haughty subject whom she had herself raised from obscurity, and invested with almost sovereign authority-to perish at last of disease and want in the obscure street of an obscure city: such was the fate of Marie de Medicis ; while around the principal personage of the work is grouped a galaxy of those undying names from which France derives much of her past glory, and many of her most interesting traditions. In these pages the reader will be made acquainted, not only with the public measures of these great men, which have become matter of history, but also obtain an insight into their private thoughts, feelings, and principles of action. Henry IV., Sully, Biron, Richelieu, Condé, Epernon, Bassompierre, Luynes, Rohan, Gaston d'Orleans, Louis XIII., Soissons, the Guises, Montmorency, Marillac, Rubens, and many other distinguished warriors and statesmen are here shown “in their habits as they lived;" while the array of female celebrities is scarcely less brilliant, combining as it does, the names of Marguerite de Valois, Anne of Austria, “ La Belle Gabrielle,” the Marquise de Verneuil, Anne of Clèves Duchesse de Guise, the Princesses of Condé and Conti, the Duchesses of Nemours and Aiguillon, the beautiful and unfortunate Countess du Fargis, and the martyred foster-sister of the QueenRegent, the still more unhappy Maréchale d'Ancre. This work, for which a wide canvass was essential from the vast amount of material which it involved, and which combines the records of two reigns and a regency, will be found to contain not only all the leading events of the period of which it treats, but also those more minute details which tend to throw a light upon many public measures, of which the motives, without such a revelation, would occasionally appear obscure, and even contradictory. The varied career of Marie de Medicis, considered under its several phases, is assuredly one of the most striking romances of real life; and in the composition of the present volumes the greatest care has been taken not to sacrifice to the fascinations of fiction the stern truths of history.
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EIGHT YEARS IN PALESTINE, SYRIA, AND ASIA MINOR, ,
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BY F. A. NEALE, ESQ.,
LATE ATTACHED TO THE
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