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COUNT ROBERT OF PARIS. ADVERTISEMENT. [SIR Walter Scott transmitted
from Naples, in February, 1832, an Introduction for Castle
Dangerous; but if he ever 'wrote one for a Second Edition of Robert
OF Paris, it has not been discovered among his papers. Some notes,
chiefly extracts from the books which he had been observed to
consult while dictating this novel, are now appended to its pages;
and in addition to what the author had given in the shape of
historical information respecting the principal real persons
introduced, the reader is here presented with what may probably
amuse him, the passage of the Alexiad, in which Anna Comnena
describes the incident which originally, no doubt, determined Sir
Walter's choice of a hero. May, A.d. 1097.?" As for the multitude
of those who advanced towards THE GREAT City, let it be enough to
say that they were as the stars in the heaven, or as the sand upon
the seashore. They were, in the words of Homer, as many as the
leaves and flowers of spring. But for the names of the leaders,
though they are present in my memory, I will not relate them. The
numbers of these would alone deter me, even if my language
furnished the means of expressing their barbarous sounds; and for
what purpose should I afflict my readers with a long enumeration of
the names of those, whose visible presence gave so much horror to
all that beheld ' them ? " As soon, therefore, as they approached
the Great City, they occupied the station appointed for them by the
Emperor, near to the monastery of Cosmidius. But this multitude
were not, like the Hellenic one of old, to be restrained and
governed by the l iud voices of nine heralds; they required the
constant superintendence of chosen and valiant soldiers, to keep
them from violating the commands of the Emperor....
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