Magdeline de Savoie





Anne Duc de Montmorenci, who was prime minister and
great constable of France during the reigns of Francis I., Henry II.,

Francis II., and Charles IX., was very unwilling to take up arms against

the Prince of Conde and the Coligny's, to whom he was endeared by the ties

of friendship, as well as those of consanguinity. He was however induced to

give way by the following animated and forcible speech of his wife,

Magdeline de Savoie: "It is then in vain, sir, that you have taken as a

motto to your escutcheon, the word of command that your ancestors always

gave at the outset of every battle in which they were engaged (_Dieu aide

du premier Chretien_). If you do not fight with all your energy in defence

of that religion which is now attempted to be destroyed, who then is to

give an example of respect and of veneration for the Holy See, if not he

who takes his very name, his arms, his nobility, from the first baron of

France who professed the holy religion of Christ?"





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