The following is a modern English version of a curious French
memoir, or fragment of autobiography, apparently written about
the year 1620 by Anne, Vicomte de Caylus, and brought to this
country--if, in fact, the original ever existed in England--by
one of his descendants after the Revocation of the Edict of
Nantes. This Anne, we learn from other sources, was a principal
figure at the Court of Henry IV., and, therefore, in August,
1572, when the adventures here related took place, he and his two
younger brothers, Marie and Croisette, who shared with him the
honour and the danger, must have been little more than boys.
From the tone of his narrative, it appears that, in reviving old
recollections, the veteran renewed his youth also, and though his
story throws no fresh light upon the history of the time, it
seems to possess some human interest.