Christian History in Its Three Great Periods, Volume 2

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Roberts Bros., 1884

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Page 75 - See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.
Page 124 - Christian knights ; and now I dare say,' said Sir Ector, ' thou Sir Launcelot, there thou liest, that thou wert never matched of earthly knight's hand ; and thou wert the courtiest knight that ever bare shield ; and thou wert the truest friend to thy lover that ever bestrode horse ; and thou wert the truest lover of a sinful man that ever loved woman ; and thou wert the kindest man that ever...
Page 128 - Never, never more shall we behold that generous loyalty to rank and sex, that proud submission, that dignified obedience, that subordination of the heart, which kept alive, even in servitude itself, the spirit of an exalted freedom. The unbought grace of life, the cheap defence of nations, the nurse of manly sentiment and heroic enterprise, is gone!
Page 267 - How strange the sculptures that adorn these towers ! This crowd of statues, in whose folded sleeves Birds build their nests ; while canopied with leaves Parvis and portal bloom like trellised bowers, And the vast minster seems a cross of flowers...
Page 124 - Ector, but he knew not them. Then went Sir Bors unto Sir Ector, and told him how there lay his brother Sir Launcelot dead. And then Sir Ector threw his shield, sword, and helm from him ; and when he beheld Sir Launcelot's visage he fell down in a swoon ; and when he awaked it were hard for any tongue to tell the doleful complaints that he made for his brother. Ah, Launcelot, he said, thou were head of all Christian knights ! And now, I dare say...
Page 128 - It is gone, that sensibility of principle, that chastity of honour, which felt a stain like a wound, which inspired courage whilst it mitigated ferocity, which ennobled whatever it touched, and under which vice itself lost half its evil by losing all its
Page 189 - Before approaching a subject so vast in all its proportions as the Catholic theology of the Middle Age, it is necessary to draw a few definitions and limitations. The name Scholastic Philosophy, in its broader sense, is given to the whole intellectual movement of some five centuries, in which thought is dominated by the creed ; that is, from the middle of the ninth century to the middle of the fourteenth. In the narrower sense in which I shall take it, we have to do only with the latter half of this...
Page 120 - With store of ladies, whose bright eyes Rain influence, and judge the prize Of wit or arms, while both contend To win her grace, whom all commend.
Page 115 - As soon as the lady knew of the king's coming, she set open the gates and came out so richly beseen, that every man marvelled of her beauty and could not cease to regard her nobleness, with her great beauty and the gracious words and countenance that she made. When she came to the king, she kneeled down to the earth, thanking him of his succours, and so led him into the castle to make him...
Page 125 - ... and thou were the truest lover, of a sinful man, that ever loved woman ; and thou wert the kindest man that ever struck with sword. And thou wert the goodliest person that ever came among press of knights. And thou wert the meekest man, and the gentlest, that ever ate in hall among ladies. And thou wert the sternest knight to thy mortal foe that ever put spear in the rest.

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