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He begins the War by surprising man); Towns. T h e general hatred to the Favouri~es,arid especially to the Duke of Espernon, causes many great Lords to enter into his Party. That first FVar of the League hinders the Re-union of the Low Countries to the Crown, and also the Ruin of the Huguenots. i\larseilles and 20 Boz~rdeauxsecur'd from the Attempts of the League. T h e generous Declaration of the King of Nauarre against the Leaguers, and the too mild Declaration of the King. The Conference and Treaty of Nenzours, and the Edict of July, in favour of the Leaguers against the Huguenots.
Eut he who employ'd his thoughts at the utniost stretch in that affair, and was the first who invented the project oE a General League amongst the Cati~oliques,under another Kead than the King, was the Cardinal of Lormin, at tlia? time assisting at the Council of Trent. rvilen it came to the point of Execution, anc! that he saw there was danger in the undertaking. Eut above all, it cannot be denied, that through the whole series of his Life, he had a most immoderate passion for the greatcess 01 his Family.
T h e with the Intelligence held bp the President De Blan~-~44esnil King. T h e praise of that President. T h e Exploits of the King in the Provinces. T h e Propositions of the Legat Cajetan, and of the Spaniards at the Counsel1 of the Union. T h e Siez~rde Villeroy, discovers the intrigue of it to the Duke of Mayenne, who resolves to oppose them. T h e Commendation of that Great Minister of State. A new Decree of the Sorbonne against Henry the 4th. T h e new Oath which the Legat orders to be taken by the Leaguers.