Charles Emmanuel achieved a great reputation as a statesman and warrior, and increased the prestige of Savoy, but he was too shifty and ingenious, and his schemes ended in disaster.
Napoleon thought him a " shifty Byzantine," and called him the Talma of the North, as ready to play any conspicuous part.
Bruce, previously so shifty, had never wavered or turned back since he smote the Red Comyn at Dumfries.
Louis of Francis was succeeded by the active, warlike and shifty ~~1i 1.
He was repeatedly employed on embassies to the Low Countries, and was for a long time stationed at Calais as agent in the shifty negotiations carried on by Wolsey with the court of France.
The more loyal William Douglas, in 1353, slew his kinsman, the shifty Knight of Liddesdale, on the braes of Yarrow, and a fragment of one of the oldest Scottish ballads deplores his fall.
The English intrigue was undoubtedly a serious matter, because the shifty Charles II.
The only security which he had for the safety of his dominions in his absence was that his most dangerous neighbor, the king of France, was also setting out on the Crusade, and that his brother John, whose shifty and treacherous character gave sure promise of trouble, enjoyed a well-merited unpopularity both in England and in the continental dominions of the crown.
He plunged into a war with this clever and shifty prince, which lastedwith certain short breaks of truces aqd treatiestill his death.
To the throne of 1292, had hitherto pursued a shifty policy, wavering between submission and opposition to the English invader.