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Lawrence Schoonover: An age of strict justice and peace, when nations shall live under law, without war

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Lawrence Schoonover
From The Spider King
A Biographical Novel of Louis XI of France

When the Estates learned that they were to be a permanent parliament and henceforth would have a voice in their own government, they cheerfully voted to conscript a standing army, and imposed a special tax to to pay the soldiers their wages; and from the solde, their pay, came the name of soldiers in every European language.

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He ordered Henri LeClerq to destroy his grenades and prepare such few technicians as knew the secret of the fuses for instant flight with him. Their families would come later, he said, for modern as the age might be, the wives and children of soldiers never had been and never would be held hostage for their men or tortured to reveal secrets which they probably did not know anyhow. In this the dauphin acted in good faith with no thought that an age might degenerate to a point where everyone, regardless of sex or age, would be treated with equal barbarity in war.

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“Charles,” said the duke, “let’s try not to have any wars. Look at England: don’t let it happen here. In the end you’re always right back where you started, a lot of good men get killed and, as I understand it, taxes become very burdensome to the poor people.”

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“And the little prince?”

“He shall be named Joachim, from the great theologian who foretells in his writings the coming of an age of strict justice and peace, when nations shall live under law, without war. That is my hope for France, some day perhaps for all the world. When I come to reign I shall teach him all I know and all I learn, and he shall learn from me, and when I die he shall go on, and after him his son, and his son’s sons for generations, till the golden age is won and a resting season comes upon the world. the sabbath of weary humanity, in accordance with the great vision of Joachim of Floris.”

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Louis did not care for tournaments, which only played at war and accomplished nothing.

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