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illustrated.1864 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VI." BERLIN CARROUSEL, AND
VOLTAIRE VISlBtEirHERE. Readers have heard of the Place du
Carrousel at Paris; and know probably that Louis XIV. held
worldfamous Carrousel there (a.d. 1662); and, in general, / that
Carrousel has something to do with Tourneying or the Shadow of
Tourneying. It is, in fact, a kind of superb be-tailored running at
the ring, instead of be-blacksmithed running at one another. A
Second milder Edition of those Tournament sports, and dangerous
trials of strength and dexterity, which were so grand a business in
the Old iron Ages. Of which, in the form of Carrousel or otherwise,
down almost to the present day, there have been examples, among
puissant Lords;--though now it is felt to have become extremely
hollow; perhaps incapable of fully entertaining anybody, except
children and their nurses on a high occasion. A century ago, before
the volcanic explosion of so many things which it has since become
wearisome to think of in this earnest world, the Tournament, emblem
of an Age of Chivalry, which was gone, but had not yet declared
itself to be quite gone, and even to be turned topsyturvy, had
still substance as a mummery, --not enough, I should say, to spend
much money upon. Not much real money: except, indeed, the money
were offered you gratis, from other parties in 15th-27tli Aug.
1750. terested? Sir Jonas kindly informs us, by insinuation, that
this was, to a.goo'd. degree, Friedrich's case in the now
Carrousel: ."atlimg got up by the private efforts "of different
gre.at. Lords and Princes of the blood;" each party tailoring,
harnessing, and furbishing himself and followers; Friedrich
contributing little but the arena and'-general outfit. I know not
whether even the 40;GQ0 lamps (for it took place by night) were of
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