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A Jacobite Exile: Being the Adventures of a Young Englishman in the Service of Charles XII, of Sweden (Classic Reprint)

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A Jacobite Exile: Being the Adventures of a Young Englishman in the Service of Charles XII, of Sweden (Classic Reprint)

Excerpt from A Jacobite Exile: Being the Adventures of a Young Englishman in the Service of Charles XII, of SwedenHad I attempted to write you an account of the whole Of the adventurous career of Charles XII. Of Sweden, it would, in itself, have filled a bulky volume to the exclu sion Of all other matter, and a youth who fought at Narva would have been a middle-aged man at the death of that warlike monarch before the walls Of Frederickshall. I have therefore been obdle-aged man at the death of that warlike monarch before the walls Of Frederickshall. I have therefore been obliged to confine myself to the first three years of his reign, in which be crushed the army Of Russia at Narva, and laid the then powerful republic of Poland prostrate at his feet. In this way only could I obtain space for the private adventures and doings of Charlie Carstairs, the hero of the story. The details of the wars Of Charles XII. Were taken from the military history written at his command by his Chamberlain, Adlerfeld, from a similar narrative by a Scotch gentleman in his ser vice, and from Voltaire's history. The latter is respon sible for the statement that the trade Of Poland was almost entirely in the hands of Scotch, French, and Jewish mer chants, the Poles themselves being sharply divided into the two categories of nobles and peasants.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works. read more