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The Massacre at Paris

The Massacre at Paris

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  • Navarre:
  • That wicked Guise, I fear me much will be
  • The ruin of that famous realm of France,
  • For his aspiring thoughts aim at the crown,
  • He takes his vantage on religion,
  • To plant the Pope and popelings in the realm
  • And bind it wholly to the see of Rome.
  • The Massacre at Paris, Scene XX.20-25

The Massacre at Paris

The Massacre at Paris

Scene XX

Navarre Conceives a Pact with Henry

Location: The Court of Navarre

Attention switches back to Navarre, where news has arrived that Guise has taken arms against the King of France. The Huguenot leaders conceive the idea of making a pact with Henry III, and using a joint military force to defeat the Catholic League once and for all.

Clearly Navarre has his spies or informers in France, for they have "advertised ... / that the Guise hath taken against the King / And that Paris is revolted from His Grace" (XX.1-3).1 Bartus immediately sees an opportunity for Navarre to exploit this breakdown in relations between the king and Guise, by "offering [Henry] aid against his enemies, / Which cannot but be thankfully received" (XIX.6-7). Navarre seizes eagerly on this idea, dispatching Bartus immediately to open negotiations with the French king, and charging Pleshé to "go muster up our men with speed / And let them march away to France amain" (XX.15-16).

It only remains for Navarre to launch into a brief soliloquy railing against the Machiavellian ambitions of the Guise, "For his aspiring thoughts aim at the crown, / He takes his vantage on Religion, / To plant the Pope and popelings in the realm, / And bind it wholly to the See of Rome" (XX.22-25). Predictably, he again calls upon his God to help deliver a righteous Protestant victory, one in which "We'll beat [Guise] back, and drive him to his death" (XX.28).

 
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