The History of Chivalry: Or, Knighthood and Its Times, Volume 1

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Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown and Green, 1825

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excellent book to read over time, its a bit dry at times but the history and detail makes it for a grand book to anybody whomsoever wants to learn of knighthood



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Page 90 - Upon the top of all his loftie crest, A bunch of haires discolourd diversly, With sprincled pearle, and gold full richly drest, Did shake, and seemd to daunce for jollity; Like to an almond tree ymounted hye On top of greene Selinis all alone, With blossoms brave bedecked daintily; Whose tender locks do tremble every one At every little breath, that under heaven is blowne.
Page 43 - Embrouded was he, as it were a mede Al ful of fresshe floures, whyte and rede. 90 Singinge he was, or floytinge, al the day ; He was as fresh as is the month of May.
Page 50 - Before it was returned to him, he took his oaths of chivalry. § He solemnly swore to defend the church, to attack the wicked, to respect the priesthood, to protect women and the poor, to preserve the country in tranquillity, and to shed his blood, even to the last drop, in behalf of his brethren.
Page 171 - Munificent, and love, and ladies' praise ; Now meeting on his road an armed knight, Now resting with a pilgrim by the side Of a clear brook ; — beneath an abbey's roof One evening sumptuously lodged ; the next, Humbly in a religious hospital ; Or with some merry outlaws of the wood ; Or haply shrouded in a hermit's cell. Him, sleeping or awake, the robber spared ; He...
Page 91 - Squire, arayed meet: His glitterand armour shined far away, Like glauncing light of Phoebus brightest ray; From top to toe no place appeared bare, That deadly dint of...
Page xii - Europe what the ancient poets were to Greece, — the painters of the manners of their times. As Sir Walter Scott observes, " We have no hesitation in quoting the romances of chivalry as good evidence of the laws and customs of knighthood. The authors, like the artists of the period, invented nothing, but, copying the manners of the age in which they lived, transferred them, without doubt or scruple, to the period and personages of whom they treated.
Page 113 - cried the Lords — but when they looked again, They saw Ruy Diaz ruling him with the fragment of his rein ; They saw him proudly ruling with gesture firm and calm, Like a true lord commanding— and obeyed as by a lamb. And so he led him foaming and panting to the King — But
Page 123 - A generous friendship no cold medium knows, Burns with one love, with one resentment glows ; One should our interests and our passions be ; My friend must hate the man that injures me.
Page 391 - ... 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 given, and the sports begin. The youths, divided into opposite bands, encounter one another. In one place some fly, and others pursue, without being able to overtake them. In another place, one of the bands overtakes and overturns the other...
Page 342 - Thus the very ancient and sovereign Order of the Temple is now in full and chivalric existence, like those orders of knighthood which were either formed in imitation of it, or had their origin in the same noble principles of chivalry. It has mourned as well as flourished ; but there is in its nature and constitution a principle of vitality which has carried it through all the storms of fate. Its continuance by representatives as well as by title, is as indisputable a fact as the existence of any...

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