ADMIRAL COLIGNY GOES TO PARIS
 THE death of the Prince of Condé was a heavy blow to
the Huguenots, yet they could
not despair while they still had the noble and fearless
Admiral Coligny to lead
Moreover, Jeanne d'Albret, Queen of Navarre, no sooner
heard of the death of Condé
than she hastened to the Huguenot camp, taking with her
her son Henry, Prince of
Beam, who was now fifteen years old, and the head of
the House of Bourbon. Along
with him Jeanne also took the young Prince of Condé,
son of the prince who had just
perished on the battlefield of Jarnac.
The queen led the two lads, one by each hand, to
Coligny, bidding him accept her son
as his chief.
Henry was eagerly cheered by the army, while Coligny
welcomed the lad with all
reverence as one who might some day sit upon the throne
The lad himself, high-spirited and frank, let go his
mother's hand, and, stepping
before the Huguenot army, said in his clear, boyish
voice, "Your cause is mine, your
interests are mine; I swear on my soul, honour and
life, to be wholly yours." Both
princes then took service under Admiral Coligny, who
was now made lieutenant-general
of the army.
The boys were soon in action, for another great battle
was fought at Moncontour in
1569, and again the Huguenots were severely beaten and
forced to take refuge in La
Rochelle, now the strongest fortress they possessed.
It seemed at first as though the Huguenots could never
recover from the terrible
defeat they had suffered at Moncontour, but still
undaunted, Coligny soon assembled
 army and marched across the east of
France, plundering and burning the
La Noue, who was one of the bravest and most skilful of
the admiral's captains, was
threatening the west; while he also commanded that a
fleet should be stationed
outside La Rochelle, to prevent the enemy from
attacking the town from the sea.
The queen-mother, seeing that the enemy was as active
as ever, again offered to make
terms with them, and the Peace of St. Germain was
signed in August 1570.
Such good terms as they now secured the Huguenots had
never gained before. Liberty
to worship as they wished had been granted to them by
other treaties, but now they
were allowed to keep and garrison four strong cities,
while a general pardon was
offered to all who had taken up arms against the king.
Trusting to the royal promises, Coligny and the other
Huguenot chiefs now went back
to court and behaved, not only as if the war was really
over, but as if friendship
and trust were restored between the two parties.
There were some among the Huguenots, however, who
doubted if the queen-mother was
sincere, even though she had signed the Peace of St.
Catherine de Medici was certainly growing ever more
bitter towards the Huguenot
chiefs, while she was doing her utmost to make them
feel sure of her support.
Admiral Coligny she flattered in every possible way,
and, as if to show that she had
no longer any dislike for a Huguenot, the queen-mother
herself arranged that her
daughter Margaret should marry young Henry of Navarre.
Coligny was often with Charles IX. during the days that
followed the Peace of St.
Germain. And the king, who was easily led, soon showed
that the good man's influence
had reached him. He would call the admiral "my dear
father," and consult him about
everything. Little by little the king separated himself
from his mother and her
party, until Catherine began to fear the influence of
 The admiral himself grew more and more certain of
his hold over the young
king, and, when he was warned that he had enemies at
court, he refused to believe
that Charles would allow any one to harm him.
As for the Guises, they were so much offended at the
prospect of the marriage of the
king's sister to a Huguenot, and at the favour shown to
Coligny, that they withdrew
from the court.
Catherine de Medici felt that the time was come to
regain her influence with her son.
Charles had gone off happily on a hunting expedition,
and his mother determined to
follow him. She insisted on being driven with such
speed that one of the horses
dropped down dead at the end of the journey.
But little did Catherine care. She had found her son,
and drawing him aside from his
companions the queen-mother burst into tears,
reproaching Charles with hiding his
plans from her and taking counsel with her enemies.
Then, after doing all she could
to poison the king's mind against the Huguenots, she
begged to be allowed to
withdraw from court.
Charles was, as he always had been, much disturbed by
his mother's words and tears.
He refused to let her leave the court, but still clung
to his faith in his "dear
father," the admiral.
Meanwhile, as it was August, and the royal wedding was
to take place in that month,
the court moved to Paris. The Huguenot chiefs, the
Guises, and indeed all the
nobility of France, were invited to the capital.
Coligny was entreated not to risk his life at Paris,
but, sure of the king's
goodwill, he refused to listen to the warnings of his
The Guises, too, returned to court; but although the
two parties seemed to be
friendly, the Guises in reality hated the admiral, and
still believed it was he who
had planned the murder of Francis, Duke of Guise.
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