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1874. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XVII. The ancient Castle of
Nantes--Remarkable Trial in the Great Hall there, 1440--the Duke of
Brittany--the Grand Inquisitor--the Ceremony--De Retz accused of
Sorcery--Circumstances of the Crime--his Sentence and
Execution--Dissensions between Beaufort and Gloucester--Duchess of
the latter accused of Sorcery--her Penance--Marriage of Henry
vi.--Truce between England and France--Joy of the People--Death of
the Wife of Louis--Richmond--Dunois--Alencon--their Conquests in
Normandy--Rouen holds out--at last surrenders--Talbot and others
Prisoners--Terms between the English and the victorious French. jN
the ancient city of Nantes in Brittany, stood what, at the time of
which we write, might almost have been called a modern structure,
and what in our days may yet be viewed in its strong and venerable
remains--the Castle of Nantes. It was built in the fourteenth
century: a noble pile, defended by round and massive towers. Its
arched gateway showed the teeth of its portcullis, ready to fall on
whomsoever might dare to pass beneath for a hostile purpose; nor
was it wanting in those dungeons and stone cells, the usual
accompaniments of feudal power. It was in the year 1440 that a
scene too remarkable ever to be forgotten--and especially recorded
by Monstrelet--passed within the walls of that stupendous fortress,
to which we now propose to conduct the reader. A lofty and vaulted
hall, dim from its extent, and imperfectly lighted by narrow
pointed windows placed high overhead, had an appearance of more
than usual gloom. At the end stood a richly carved chair cushioned
with velvet, and overhung by a canopy. The seats to the right and
left were partially filled by the chief nobles of Brittany in their
robes of State. In the centre was a table covered with bla...
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