Don Manuel discovers Beatrice.

Don Manuel. Beatrice. The Bride of Messina. Friedrich Schiller. German Romantic.

Don Manuel discovers Beatrice. By C. Jaeger

Don Manuel discovers Beatrice.

The Bride of Messina by Friedrich Schiller.

Donna Isabella. The Bride of Messina. Friedrich Schiller. German Romantic.

Donna Isabella the Princess of Messina by Arthur Georg von Ramberg (1819–1875)

Beatrice. The Bride of Messina. Friedrich Schiller. German Romantic.

Beatrice c. 1859 by Arthur Georg von Ramberg (1819–1875)

DON MANUEL and Don Casar are the sons of Isabella, the Princess of Messina. Their sister Beatrice is believed to be dead, but in reality bad been placed by her mother in a convent, where she is discovered in time by her two brothers, who, ignorant of the relationship, fall in love with her. Our picture shows the first meeting between Don Manuel and Beatrice.

“Already had the chase worn down the day
Among the echoing woodlands, when it hap’d
The hot pursual of a milk-white bind
Drew me far distant from your troop, and down
The widening dell the affrighted quarry flew
O’er bush, and cliff, and pathless rock, and stone.
Ever a spear’s throw was it still before me,
Yet ever baffling my uncertain aim,
Until at length before a garden wicket
It vanished-swift I voulted from my horse
And rushed toward the spot with spear uplift,
When with surprise I saw the affrighted beast
Laid trembling at a fair nun’s gentle foot
Whose delicate hand soothed il caressingly-
Moveless I gazed upon the beauteous wonder,
The javelin in my grasp in act to fly-
But she raised up her full dark eyes upon me
Beseechingly-we stood in mutual silence.”

Schiller’s “The Bride of Messina.” C. Jaeger, Artist.

The Bride of Messina or the enemy brothers is a drama by Friedrich Schiller, which the author has given the genre identification “A tragedy with choirs”. The premiere took place in Weimar on 19 March 1803. Following the negative reactions to the premiere it was compared with the other Schiller dramas found long to be inferior and placed in the background. Even today it is one of the lesser known dramas of Schiller. Schiller tried to connect the ancient with the modern theater in the Bride of Messina. The substance of the piece is in the tradition of the great Greek tragedy of Euripides or Sophocles. Like its ancient models ending the drama with the downfall of the whole race. As scene of action selected Schiller Sicily, a place where meet up new and ancient times, Christianity and Paganism.

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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  1. The French Fashion History.
  2. Reign of Charles IX. 1560 to 1574. (Tudor, Renaissance, Spanish court dress)
  3. Reign of Henri III. 1574 to 1589. (Renaissance, early Baroque, Spanish court dress, Tudor)
  4. Reigns of Henri IV. and Louis XIII. 1589 to 1643. (Baroque)
  5. Reign of Louis XIV. 1643 to 1715. (Baroque)
  6. The Reign of Louis XV. 1715 to 1774.
  7. Reign of Louis XVI. 1780 to 1789.
  8. The French Republic 1789 to 1802.
  9. Timeline of the French Revolution 1789 – 1799.
  10. Les Modes sous la revolution 1792-1799 by Paul Louis Victor de Giafferri.
  11. Reign of Napoleon I. 1804 to 1814. France empire.
  12. Reigns of Louis XVIII. and Charles X. 1815 to 1830. Restoration,  Romanticism
  13. Fashion in the Reign of Philippe. 1830 to 1848. Victorian era. Romanticism fashion.
  14. The Second Republic. 1848 -1851. Victorian era. “Second Rococo”.
  15. The use of the Corset in the reign of Louis XVI.
  16. Ladies hat styles from 1776-1790 by Rose Bertin.
  17. Fashion under the  French revolution 1789 to 1802.
  18. Paris fashion 1793 to 1795. French revolution.
  19. The Execution of the King Louis XVI.
  20. The Execution of Marie-Antoinette.
  21. The Incroyables and Muscadins. The French directory dandies.
  22. Les Incroyables et Merveilleuses. Directoire fashion by Horace Vernet.
  23. Nymphs and Merveilleuses. By Octave Uzanne.
  24. Fashion in Paris after the Revolution. By Octave Uzanne. 1796-1800.
  25. Portraits by people during the French Revolution
  26. The Gallery of Fashion. by Nikolaus von Heideloff, London.
  27. Comparison of the French and English modes. 1808 to 1815
  28. The Salon of Madame Récamier during the French Revolution.
  29. The Salons of Paris before the French Revolution.
  30. Caraco à la francaise in 1786.
  31. The Evolution of Modern Feminine Fashion 1786.
  32. Fashion in Paris and London, 1780 to 1788.
  33. Historic hairstyles from Ancient times to the Empire.
  34. The Corset and the Crinolin from Remote Periods to the Present Time.
  35. Lace History. Reference List of Italian Laces.
  36. Collection of antique fabric design.
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