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The Danger Of Being Too Innocent The Danger Of Being Too Innocent

The Danger Of Being Too Innocent
The Lord of Montcontour was a brave soldier of Tours, who in honour of the battle gained by the Duke of Anjou, afterwards our right glorious king, caused to be built at Vouvray the castle thus named, for he had borne himself most bravely in that affair he overcame the greatest of heretics, and from that was authorised to take the name. Now this said captain had two sons, good Catholics, of whom the eldest was in favour at court. After the peace, which was concluded before the stratagem arranged for St Bartholomew's Day, the good man returned to his... Short Stories - Post by : Planning_Guy - Date : October 2009 - Author : Honore De Balzac - Read : 853

The False Courtesan The False Courtesan

The False Courtesan
That which certain people do not know, is a the truth concerning the decease of the Duke of Orleans, brother of King Charles VI., a death which proceeded from a great number of causes, one of which will be the subject of this narrative. This prince was for certain the most lecherous of all the royal race of Monseigneur St. Louis (who was in his life time King of France), without even putting on one side some of the most debauched of this fine family, which was so concordant with the vices and especial qualities of our brave and pleasure- seeking... Short Stories - Post by : missopie - Date : October 2009 - Author : Honore De Balzac - Read : 1387

How The Chateau D'azay Came To Be Built How The Chateau D'azay Came To Be Built

How The Chateau D'azay Came To Be Built
Jehan, son of Simon Fourniez, called Simonnin, a citizen of Tours-- originally of the village of Moulinot, near to Beaune, whence, in imitation of certain persons, he took the name when he became steward to Louis the Eleventh--had to fly one day into Languedoc with his wife, having fallen into great disgrace, and left his son Jacques penniless in Touraine. This youth, who possessed nothing in the world except his good looks, his sword, and spurs, but whom worn-out old men would have considered very well off, had in his head a firm intention to save his father, and make his... Short Stories - Post by : plinks - Date : October 2009 - Author : Honore De Balzac - Read : 863

The Merry Tattle Of The Nuns Of Poissy The Merry Tattle Of The Nuns Of Poissy

The Merry Tattle Of The Nuns Of Poissy
The Abbey of Poissy has been rendered famous by old authors as a place of pleasure the misconduct of the nuns first began, and whence proceeded so many good stories calculated to make laymen laugh at the expense of our holy religion. The said abbey by this means became fertile in proverbs, which none of the clever folks of our day understand, although they sift and chew them in order to digest them.If you ask one of them what the /olives of Poissy/ are, they will answer you gravely that it is a periphrase relating to truffles, and that the... Short Stories - Post by : adamb - Date : October 2009 - Author : Honore De Balzac - Read : 3621

The Continence Of King Francis The First The Continence Of King Francis The First

The Continence Of King Francis The First
Every one knows through what adventure King Francis, the first of that name, was taken like a silly bird and led into the town of Madrid, in Spain. There the Emperor Charles V. kept him carefully locked up, like an article of great value, in one of his castles, in the which our defunct sire, of immortal memory, soon became listless and weary, seeing that he loved the open air, and his little comforts, and no more understood being shut up in a cage than a cat would folding up lace. He fell into moods of such strange melancholy that his... Short Stories - Post by : John_Glube - Date : October 2009 - Author : Honore De Balzac - Read : 3673

The Three Clerks Of St. Nicholas The Three Clerks Of St. Nicholas

The Three Clerks Of St. Nicholas
The /Inn of the Three Barbels/ was formerly at Tours, the best place in the town for sumptuous fare; and the landlord, reputed the best of cooks, went to prepare wedding breakfasts as far as Chatelherault, Loches, Vendome, and Blois. This said man, an old fox, perfect in his business, never lighted lamps in the day time, knew how to skin a flint, charged for wool, leather, and feathers, had an eye to everything, did not easily let anyone pay with chaff instead of coin, and for a penny less than his account would have affronted even a prince. For the... Short Stories - Post by : jetnetbiz - Date : October 2009 - Author : Honore De Balzac - Read : 2918

The Reproach The Reproach

The Reproach
The fair laundress of Portillon-les-Tours, of whom a droll saying has already been given in this book, was a girl blessed with as much cunning as if she had stolen that of six priests and three women at least. She did not want for sweethearts, and had so many that one would have compared them, seeing them around her, to bees swarming of an evening towards their hive. An old silk dyer, who lived in the Rue St. Montfumier, and there possessed a house of scandalous magnificence, coming from his place at La Grenadiere, situated on the fair borders of St.... Short Stories - Post by : 1stpromotions - Date : October 2009 - Author : Honore De Balzac - Read : 3373

The Vicar Of Azay-le-rideau The Vicar Of Azay-le-rideau

The Vicar Of Azay-le-rideau
In those days the priests no longer took any woman in legitimate marriage, but kept good mistresses as pretty as they could get; which custom has since been interdicted by the council, as everyone knows, because, indeed, it was not pleasant that the private confessions of people should be retold to a wench who would laugh at them, besides the other secret doctrines, ecclesiastical arrangements, and speculations which are part and parcel of the politics of the Church of Rome. The last priest in our country who theologically kept a woman in his parsonage, regaling her with his scholastic love, was... Short Stories - Post by : Panky - Date : October 2009 - Author : Honore De Balzac - Read : 1848

The Brothers-in-arms The Brothers-in-arms

The Brothers-in-arms
At the commencement of the reign of King Henry, second of the name, who loved so well the fair Diana, there existed still a ceremony of which the usage has since become much weakened, and which has altogether disappeared, like an infinity of the good things of the olden times. This fine and noble custom was the choice which all knights made of a brother-in-arms. After having recognised each other as two loyal and brave men, each one of this pretty couple was married for life to the other; both became brothers, the one had to defend the other in battling... Short Stories - Post by : origwmn - Date : October 2009 - Author : Honore De Balzac - Read : 845

The Maid Of Thilouse The Maid Of Thilouse

The Maid Of Thilouse
The lord of Valennes, a pleasant place, of which the castle is not far from the town of Thilouse, had taken a mean wife, who by reason of taste or antipathy, pleasure or displeasure, health or sickness, allowed her good husband to abstain from those pleasures stipulated for in all contracts of marriage. In order to be just, it should be stated that the above-mentioned lord was a dirty and ill-favoured person, always hunting wild animals and not the more entertaining than is a room full of smoke. And what is more, the said sportsman was all sixty years of age,... Short Stories - Post by : The_Renegade - Date : October 2009 - Author : Honore De Balzac - Read : 948

The High Constable's Wife The High Constable's Wife

The High Constable's Wife
The high constable of Armagnac espoused from the desire of a great fortune, the Countess Bonne, who was already considerably enamoured of little Savoisy, son of the chamberlain to his majesty King Charles the Sixth.The constable was a rough warrior, miserable in appearance, tough in skin, thickly bearded, always uttering angry words, always busy hanging people, always in the sweat of battles, or thinking of other stratagems than those of love. Thus the good soldier, caring little to flavour the marriage stew, used his charming wife after the fashion of a man with more lofty ideas; of the which the ladies... Short Stories - Post by : 35695 - Date : October 2009 - Author : Honore De Balzac - Read : 2237

The Merry Jests Of King Louis The Eleventh The Merry Jests Of King Louis The Eleventh

The Merry Jests Of King Louis The Eleventh
King Louis The Eleventh was a merry fellow, loving a good joke, and-- the interests of his position as king, and those of the church on one side--he lived jovially, giving chase to soiled doves as often as to hares, and other royal game. Therefore, the sorry scribblers who have made him out a hypocrite, showed plainly that they knew him not, since he was a good friend, good at repartee, and a jollier fellow than any of them.It was he who said when he was in a merry mood, that four things are excellent and opportune in life--to keep warm,... Short Stories - Post by : Joe_Hamilton - Date : October 2009 - Author : Honore De Balzac - Read : 1504

The Devil's Heir The Devil's Heir

The Devil's Heir
There once was a good old canon of Notre Dame de Paris, who lived in a fine house of his own, near St. Pierre-aux-Boeufs, in the Parvis. This canon had come a simple priest to Paris, naked as a dagger without its sheath. But since he was found to be a handsome man, well furnished with everything, and so well constituted, that if necessary he was able to do the work of many, without doing himself much harm, he gave himself up earnestly to the confessing of ladies, giving to the melancholy a gentle absolution, to the sick a drachm of... Short Stories - Post by : Don_Stone - Date : October 2009 - Author : Honore De Balzac - Read : 3553

The King's Sweetheart The King's Sweetheart

The King's Sweetheart
There lived at this time at the forges of the Pont-aux-Change, a goldsmith whose daughter was talked about in Paris on account of her great beauty, and renowned above all things for her exceeding gracefulness. were those who sought her favours by the usual tricks of love and, but others offered large sums of money to the father to give them his daughter in lawful wedlock, the which pleased him not a little.One of his neighbours, a parliamentary advocate, who by selling his cunning devices to the public had acquired as many lands as a dog has fleas, took it... Short Stories - Post by : Dusty13 - Date : October 2009 - Author : Honore De Balzac - Read : 2133

The Venial Sin The Venial Sin

The Venial Sin
Messire Bruyn, he who completed the Castle of Roche-Corbon-les- Vouvray, on the banks of the Loire, was a boisterous fellow in his youth. When quite little, he squeezed young ladies, turned the house out of windows, and played the devil with everything, when he was called upon to put his Sire the Baron of Roche-Corbon some few feet under the turf. Then he was his own master, free to lead a life of wild dissipation, and indeed he worked very hard to get a surfeit of enjoyment. Now by making his crowns sweat and his goods scarce, draining his land, and... Short Stories - Post by : lawvest - Date : October 2009 - Author : Honore De Balzac - Read : 2841

The Fair Imperia The Fair Imperia

The Fair Imperia
The Archbishop of Bordeaux had added to his suite when going to the Council at Constance quite a good-looking little priest of Touraine whose ways and manner of speech was so charming that he passed for a son of La Soldee and the Governor. rchbishop of Tours had willingly given him to his confrere for his journey to that town, because it was usual for archbishops to make each other presents, they well knowing how sharp are the itchings of theological palms. Thus this young priest came to the Council and was lodged in the establishment of his prelate, a man... Short Stories - Post by : KFlood - Date : October 2009 - Author : Honore De Balzac - Read : 1060