Amadis of Gaul, Volume 2
N. Biggs, 1803
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Amadis then placed Oriana upon the Damsels palfrey, while Gandalin caught
one of the loose horses for the Damsel, and taking her bridle they left the place of
battle. But Amadis as they went along reminded Oriana how she had promised to
... when that Knight yonder gave me such a thrust on my shield that the horse fell
upon 1 is knees and threw me. I drew my sword, and called to him to do battle ;
but he only cried out, remember to answer another time when you are spoken to
Olivas defied the Duke, who demanded battle, three to three. Then Don Galvanes
, who was at the feet of the King, rose, and called his nephew Agrayes, and said
to Olivas, Friend, we promised to be on your side if need was : now then let the ...
... the sword, he gave the pieces to Gandalin's care : You shall now hear how the
battle was performed, and what great danger he underwent because of that
broken sword, not from any fault of his own, but for the ignorance of his dwarf
went on to take his turn he found Galaor on foot, with his sword in hand defying
the Knight to battle, but the Knight laughed at him ; and Amadis said, brother, do
not chase yourself; it was the covenant that there should be no sword-battle.