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THE CONSPIRACY:

A Play,

IN FIVE ACTS.

TO WHICH ARE ADDED,

HISTORICAL ODES

ON

THE LAST DAYS OF ELIZABETH; CROMWELL'S

DREAM; AND THE DEATH OF NELSON.

BY SIR E. L. BULWER,

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AUTHOR OF THE “LADY OF LYONS," " EUGENE ARAM,” &c.

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SOLD ALSO BY AMYOT, RUE DE LA PAIX ; TRUCHY, BOULEVARD DES ITALIENS;
THEOPHILE BARROIS, JUN., RUE "RICHELIEU ; HEIDELOFF AND CAMPE,
RUE VIVIENNE; AND BY ALL THE PRINCIPAL BOOKSELLERS ON

THE CONTINENT,

1839.

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1839

“ Le Comte de Soissons, et le Duc de Bouillon, avaient une bonne armée, et ils savaient la conduire ; et pour plus grande sureté, tandis que cette armée devait s'avancer, on devait assassiner le Cardinal et faire soulever Paris

Les Conjurés faisaient un traité avec l'Espagne pour introduire des troupes en France, et pour y mettre tout en confusion dans une Régence qu'on croyait prochaine, et dont chacun espérait profiter

Richelieu avait perdu toute sa faveur, et ne conservait que l'avantage d'être nécessaire. Le bonheur du Cardinal voulait encore que le complot fût découvert, et qu'une copie du traité lui tombât entre les mains.”_ Voltaire, Hist. Gén.

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PREFACE TO RICHELIEU.

The administration of Cardinal Richelieu, whom (despite all his darker qualities) Voltaire and History justly consider the true architect of the French monarchy, and the great parent of French civilization, is characterised by features alike tragic and comic. A weak king an ambitious favourite ; a despicable conspiracy against the minister, nearly always associated with a dangerous ireason against the State- These, with little variety of names and dates, constitute the eventful cycle through which, with a dazzling ease, and an arrogant confidence, the great luminary fulfilled its destinies. ' Blent together, in startling contrast, we see the grandest achievements and the pettiest agents ;— the spy—the mistress—the ca= puchin : -- the destruction of feudalism ; – the humiliation of Austria ;---the dismemberment of Spain.

Richelieu himself is still what he was in his own day -a man of two characters. If, on the one hand, he is justly represented as inflexible and vindictive, crafty and unscrupulous; so, on the other, it cannot be denied that he was placed in times in which the long impunity of every license required stern examples — that he was beset by perils and intrigues, which gave a certain excuse to the subtlest inventions of self-defence -- that his ambition was inseparably connected with a passionate love for the glory

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