Historical Memoirs of the Queens of England: From the Commencement of the Twelfth Century, Volume 1

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Edward Moxon, 1838 - 454 pages

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Page 31 - For there he erected extensive edifices, at vast cost, and with surpassing beauty; the courses of stone being so correctly laid that the joint deceives the eye, and leads it to imagine that the whole wall is composed of a single block.
Page 305 - John, by the grace of God, king of England, &c. Know ye that we have...
Page 253 - Two sons alone remain for my succour, who but indeed survive for my misery; for king Richard exists in fetters, while prince John, brother to the captive, depopulates with the sword, and wastes with fire. The Lord is against me, his wrath fights against me, therefore do my children fight against each other !" The queen-mother here alludes to the strife raised by prince John.
Page 436 - Before the reign of Henry III., we cannot discover a deed or law drawn or composed in French. Instead of prohibiting the English language, it was employed by the Conqueror and his successors in their charters until the reign of Henry II., when it was superseded not by the French, but by the Latin language, which had been gradually gaining or rather regaining ground.
Page 286 - how can I prepare me for the fight ? Rioulf can bring four well armed men for every single wight I can command ; — I sure shall die, if I against him go." " That thou 'rt a coward," said Boten, " Saint Fiacre well doth know ; But, by the faith which firm I hold to the Son of God, I say, Whoe'er should do as thou deserves sound beating in. the fray; For thou wilt neither arm nor fight, but only run away.
Page 286 - well, methinks, thou hast reviled me, Offence enow to me hast given, enow of villainye ; But thou shalt see me bear myself even as a man right wode ; Whoe'er will come and fight with me shall see my will is good. Boten, good friend...
Page 227 - ... bands, armed with lances and shields, and exhibit representations of battles, and go through all their martial exercises. Many of the young nobility, who have not yet received the honour of knighthood, issue from the king's court, and from the houses of bishops, earls, and barons, to make trial of their courage, strength, and skill in arms. The hope of victory rouses the spirits of these noble youths ; their fiery horses neigh and prance, and champ their foaming bits. At length the signal is...
Page 286 - see ye not how Rioulf me sieges here ? And my perjured knights are all with him; must it not cost me dear ? And they all hate me unto death, and round encompass me; I never can, by my soul I swear, drive them from this countrie ; I must forsake it, and to France right speedily I 41 flee.
Page 34 - The principal area or nave of the church stood on lofty arches of hewn stone, jointed together in the nicest manner, and the vault was covered with a strong double arched roof of stone on both sides. The cross which embraced the choir, and by its transept supported a high tower in the middle, rose first with a low strong arch, and then swelled out with several winding staircases, to the single wall, up to the wooden roof, which was carefully covered with lead.
Page 15 - Malcolm to yearn after the child's sister, Margaret, to wife; but he and all his men long refused; and she also herself was averse, and said that she...

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