The Conspirators: or, The Chevalier d'Harmental
by Alexandre Dumas
Publisher: Peter Fenelon Collier 1893
Number of pages: 430
On the 22d of March, in the year of our Lord 1718, a young cavalier of high bearing, about twenty-six or twenty-eight years of age, mounted on a pure-bred Spanish charger, was waiting, toward eight o'clock in the morning, at that end of the Pont Neuf which abuts on the Quai de l'Ecole...
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