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Chicot the Jester
Alexandre Dumas

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CHICOT THE JESTER
[Abridged translation of "La dame de Monsoreau"] 

BY ALEXANDRE DUMAS 

CHAPTER I. 

THE WEDDING OF ST.  LUC. 

On the evening of a Sunday, in the year 1578, a splendid fete was
given in the magnificent hotel just built opposite the Louvre,
on the other side of the water, by the family of Montmorency, who,
allied to the royalty of France, held themselves equal to princes.
This fete was to celebrate the wedding of Francois d'Epinay de
St.  Luc, a great friend and favorite of the king, Henri III.,
with Jeanne de Crosse-Brissac, daughter of the marshal of that
name. 

The banquet had taken place at the Louvre, and the king, who had

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