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illustrated. 1803 edition. Excerpt: ... mained unimpaired to an
advanced period of life. Her hands and arms were remarkable for
their beauty; her shape, faultless in her youth, became afterwards
injured by corpulency; her head also was disproportionably large,
nor could she walk any distance without being subject to dizziness:
this disorder was probably occasioned by a severe blow on the head,
which she had received in hunting, and which subjected her to the
operation of the trepan: she also once broke her leg in the same
exercise, of which she was peculiarly fond, and which she continued
till her sixtieth year. She piqued herself on her skill and
boldness in managing a horse. When Henry lay expiring, the mind of
Catherine, though apparently overwhelmed with grief, was intent on
the conduct it would be proper for her to pursue. She dreaded the
power of the Guises: Montmorenci the constable, who had united
himself with her rival, was yet more obnoxious to her. He had dared
to suggest suspicions injurious to her honour, by hinting, that of
all the children of Henry, one only, a natural daughter, bore any
resemblance to him: he had beside uniformly persecuted the
Florentines who followed Catherine into France, or who had sought
promotion in the court. These mortifications were submitted to by
the queen during the life of her husband, but, when released from
the necessity of dissimulation, they were remembered by her and
resented. Thus was Catherine induced to lend an ear to the princes
of Lorrain, who, as a cement of their union, promised to sacrifice
to her the mistress of her husband. Diana, abandoned by the crowd
of parasites and courtiers, sunk, in her turn, into neglect and
humiliation. Some magnanimity must be allowed on this occasion to
Catherine, who, tempted to a bloody...
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