Excerpt from The Chaplet of Pearls, Vol. 1 of 2: Or, the White and Black Ribaumont It is the fashion to call every story controversial that deals with times when controversy or a war of religion was raging; but it should be remembered that there are some which only attempt to portray human feelings as affected by the events that such warfare occasioned. Old Mortality and Wood-stock are t controversial tales, and the Chaplet of Pearls is so quite as little. It only aims at drawing certain scenes and certain characters as 'the convulsions of the sixteenth century may have affected them, and is, in fact, like all historical romance, the shaping of the conceptions that the imagination must necessarily form when dwelling upon the records of history. That faculty which might be called the passive fancy, and might almost he described in Portia's song, - It is engendered in the eyes, By reading fed - and there it dies, - that faculty, I say, has learnt to feed upon character and incident, and to require that the latter should be effective and exciting. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.