Esmeralda. Phoebus de Chateaupers. Notre Dame de Paris.

Captain of the archers uniform. Phoebus de Chateaupers. 15th century costumes

Phoebus de Chateaupers. Captain of the archers.

Phoebus de Chateaupers. Captain of the archers.

PHOEBUS DE CHATEAUPERS was a young man of aristocratic, though somewhat arrogant and swaggering, mien-one of those fine fellows about whom all women agree, although serious men and physiognomists shrug their shoulders at them. The youthful cavalier wore the brilliant uniform of a captain of the archers of the household troops.

Hugo’s” Notre Dame de Paris.” G. Brion, Artist. Pannemaker, Engraver.

The Feast of Fools and dances of the Middle Ages. 14th century clothing. Middle ages dances. Gothic era fashion. fool dress.

The Feast of Fools and dances of the Middle Ages.

Notre-Dame de Paris is a 1831 published historical novel by French writer Victor Hugo (1802-1885). The beginning of the novel forms a crowd scene of medieval Paris: the double celebration of the Epiphany and the fools day on 6 January of the year 1482nd. An important figure of the fool festival is Esmeralda, a gypsy girl who wins viewers through her dancing and attracts followers. Quasimodo wants to kidnap Esmeralda, but this stopped by a captain of the royal bodyguard named Phoebus. Quasimodo was a misshapen foundling raised by the provost of Notre-Dame, and adapted for Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Esmeralda. Notre Dame de Paris. Victor Hugo

Esmeralda.

Esmeralda.

IN the vast space left free between the crowd and the fire, a young girl was dancing. “She was not tall, but seemed to be, so proudly erect did she hold her slender figure. She was brown, but it was evident that by daylight her skin must have that lovely golden gleam peculiar to Spanish and Roman beauties. Her tiny foot was Andalusian, too, for it fitted both snugly and easily into its dainty shoe. She danced, she turned, she twirled upon an antique Persian carpet thrown carelessly beneath her feet; and every time her radiant figure passed, as she turned, her great black eyes sent forth lightning flashes.

“Upon her every eye was riveted, every mouth gaped wide; and in very truth as she danced to the tune of the tambourine which her round and graceful arms held high above her head, slender, quick and alive as any wasp, with smooth-fitting golden bodice, her many-colored full skirt, her bare shoulders, her shapely legs, from which her skirts now and then swung away, her black hair, her eyes of flame, she seemed more than mortal creature.”

 Hugo’s” Notre Dame de Paris.” G. Brian, Artist

Source: Character sketches of romance, fiction and the drama by Rev. Ebenezer Cobham Brewer, 1892. A revised American edition of the readers handbook. Edited by Marion Harland.

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