The History of Scotland: During the Reigns of Queen Mary and of King James VI. Till His Accession to the Crown of England. With a Review of the Scottish History Previous to that Period; and an Appendix Containing Original Papers. In Two Volumes, Volumen2


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Página 181 - ... us to look on that tragical and infamous scene which followed upon it with less abhorrence. Humanity will draw a veil over this...
Página 176 - Her money, her jewels, and her clothes, she distributed among her servants, according to their rank or merit. She wrote a short letter to the king of France, and another to the duke of Guise...
Página 560 - ... was done with his sermon, he was so active and vigorous, that he was like to ding the pulpit in blads [beat the pulpit to pieces], and fly out of it.
Página 37 - sat on every face ; silence, as in the dead of night, reigned through all the chambers of the royal apartment ; the ladies and courtiers were ranged on each side...
Página 181 - Mary the utmost beauty of countenance and elegance of shape of which the human form is capable. Her hair was black, though, according to the fashion of that age, she frequently wore borrowed locks, and of different colours. Her eyes were a dark grey, her complexion was exquisitely fine, and her hands and arms remarkably delicate, both as to shape and colour. Her stature was of a height that rose to the majestic.
Página 560 - Queen occupying the castle and town of Edinburgh, was compelled' to remove therefra with a number of the best, and chused to come to St.
Página 178 - She then prepared for the block, by taking off her veil and upper garments; and one of the executioners rudely endeavouring to assist, she gently checked him, and said with a smile, that she had not been accustomed to undress before so many spectators, nor to be served by such valets. With calm but undaunted fortitude, she laid her neck on the block; and while one executioner held...
Página 177 - Melvil, the master of her household, who had been secluded for some weeks from her presence, was permitted to take his last farewell. At the sight of a mistress whom he tenderly loved, in such a situation, he melted into tears ; and as he was bewailing her condition, and complaining of his own hard fate, in being appointed to carry the account of such a mournful event into Scotland, Mary replied, " Weep not, good Melvil, there is at present great cause for rejoicing.
Página 44 - Rigid and uncomplying himself, he showed no indulgence to the infirmities of others. Regardless of the distinctions of rank and character, he uttered his admonitions with an acrimony and vehemence, more apt to irritate than to reclaim.
Página 44 - He was acquainted too with the learning cultivated among divines in that age ; and excelled in that species of eloquence which is calculated to rouse and to inflame.!! His maxims, however, were often too severe, and the impetuosity of his temper excessive. Rigid and uncomplying himself, he showed no indulgence to the infirmities of others.

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