peculiar honour, which no other could ever boast. The occasion was this: Francis I. who was himself one of the bravest men of his time, determined, after his victory
Bayard, in his progress to military command, passed
through all the subordinate stations; and if he^did not arrive at the first military dignity in France, he was universally thought to deserve it. And after all, the title of marshal of France was an honour which he would have possessed in common with many others; bnt to arm his king
as a knight was a personal and peculiar honour, which no
other could ever boast. The occasion was this: Francis I.
who was himself one of the bravest men of his time, determined, after his victory of Marignan, to receive the
order of knighthood from the hands of Bayard. Bayard
modestly represented to his majesty, that so high an“
honour belonged only to princes of the blood; but the kinoreplied in a positive tone,” My friend Bayard, I will this
day be made a knight by your hands.“” It is then my
said Bayard,” to obey,“
and taking his sword, said,” Siro autant vaiile que si c'etoit Roland ou Olivier,“”May it avail as much as if it was Roland or Olivier," two
heroes in the annals of chivalry, of whom many romantic
tales are told. When the ceremony was over, Bayard addressed his sword with an ardour which the occasion inspired, and declared it was a weapon hereafter to be laid
up as a sacred relic, and never to be drawn, except against
Turks, Saracens, and Moors. This sword has been lost;
Charles Emmanuel, duke of Savoy, having applied for it
to the heirs of Bayard, without being able to procure it.
, one of the bravest French officers in the seventeenth century, was
of the bravest French officers in the seventeenth century,
was the son of Francis de Pas, head chamberlain to Henry
IV. descended from the ancient house of Pas in Artois, and
of Magdeleine de la Fayette, and was born June I, 1590,
at Saumur. He rose by his merit and birth to the highest
military offices, commanded the king’s forces twice as
chief, conducted the famous siege of Rochelle, where he
was taken prisoner, and contributed greatly to the surrender of that important place, through the intrigues of Mad.
de Noailles, his wife’s mother. Being afterwards sent
into Germany as ambassador extraordinary, he did great
service to the state, was made lieutenant-general of Metz,
Toul, and Verdun at his return, and died at Thionville,
March 14, 1640, of the wounds he had received the precceding year at the siege of that city, during which he was
made prisoner. His “
Negociations” were printed in Germany,
, one of the bravest, and the most successful navai commander that
, one of the bravest, and the most successful navai commander that 'ever appeared in the world, the fourth son of the rev. Edmund Nelson, rector of Burnham- Thorpe, in the county of Norfolk, was born in the parsonage-house of that parish, September 29, 1758. His father’s progenitors were originally settled at Hilsborough, where, in addition to a small hereditary estate, they possessed the patronage of the living, which our hero’s grandfather enjoyed for several years. His father married, in May 1749, Catherine, daughter of Maurice Suckling, D. D. prebendary of Westminster, whose grandmother had been sister to sir Robert Walpole, earl of Orford. By this lady he had eight sons and three daughters. Horatio, so called after the late earl of Orford, was placed at the high-school of Norwich, whence he was removed to NorthWalsham, both within the precincts of his native county. In his twelfth year, the dispute having taken place between the courts of St. James’s and Madrid, relative to the possession of the Falkland Islands, an armament was immediately ordered, and captain Maurice Suckling, his maternal uncle, having obtained a ship, young Nelson was, at his own earnest request, placed on his quarter-deck as a midshipman, on board the Raisonable, of 64 guns. But in consequence of the dispute being terminated, and capt. Suckling being appointed to a guard-ship in the Medway, Nelson was sent a voyage to the West Indies, and on his return he was received by his uncle on board the Triumph, then lying at Chatham, in the month of July 1772. It was observed, however, that although his voyage to the East Indies had given him a good practical knowledge of seamanship, he had acquired an absolute horror of the royal navy and it was with some difficulty that captain Suckling was enabled to reconcile him to the service; but an inherent ardour, coupled with an unabating spirit of enterprize, and utter scorn of danger, made him at length ambitious to partake in every scene where knowledge was to be obtained or glory earned.
f Dumfront: and was afterwards present at the siege of Rouen, on all which occasions he was esteemed one of the bravest of those officers who had contributed to the
Although we cannot fix the exact time of his going to France, it appears that he attended Henry V. at the siege of Caen in 1417; and the following year, in conjunction with Richard Beauchamp, earl of Warwick, lord Talbot took the strong castle of Dumfront: and was afterwards present at the siege of Rouen, on all which occasions he was esteemed one of the bravest of those officers who had contributed to the conquest of France. About 1422 we find him again in England, employed in suppressing some riots, in the counties of Salop, Hereford, &c. but he returned again to the continent before the year 1427, at which time he regained possession of the city of Mans, which had been a considerable time in the hands of the English, but had in part been retaken by the French, who were now attacked with such impetuosity, that all their troops were either killed or taken prisoners. The unexpected recovery of this important place, the capital of the province of Maine, as it was entirely owing to lord Talbot, contributed not a little to encrease his military fame. He then made himself master of the town of Laval, and having joined the earl of Warwick in the siege of Pontorson, carried that place too, which had before been the grand obstacle in preventing the regent, the duke of Bedford, from carrying the war beyond the Loire. On its surrender, the earl of Warwkk appointed lord Talbot and lord Ross governors of it.