Sir Tristrem: A Metrical Romance of the Thirteenth Century

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A. Constable, 1811 - Romances, English - 401 pages

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Page 249 - hunting and hawking, so that -we never read of no gentleman " more that so used himself therein. And as the book saith, " he began good measures of blowing of blasts of venery, and " of chace, and of all manner of vermeins; and all these terms " have we yet of hawking and hunting.
Page 347 - And thou was the meekest man and the gentlest that ever ate in hall among ladies. And thou were the sternest knight to thy mortal foe that ever put spear in the rest.
Page 307 - and will boldly enter the lists with my accusers; but a layman, a sinner like myself, is not endowed with the gift of miracles. Your piety, most holy prelate, may deserve the interposition of Heaven, and from your hands I will receive the fiery globe, the pledge of my innocence.
Page 318 - Faith, husband, and Ralph says true; for they say the King of Portugal cannot sit at his meat, but the giants and the ettins will come and snatch it from him.
Page 311 - ... and wysely. And she consented to goo with hym to Rome to that serpent, and there to take hyr othe that she was not gylty of that, that he put apon hyr.
Page 260 - is to disembowel the animal, which must be done in a neat and cleanly manner. The dogs are then rewarded with such parts of the entrails as their two-legged associates do not think proper to reserve for their own use. The huntsman also receives his share of the spoil, according to the following rules: — " Whanne the hert is take, ye shal blowe four...
Page 342 - Then anon they heard cracking and crying of thunder, that them thought the place should all to-drive. In the midst of this blast entered a sunbeam more clearer by seven times than ever they saw day, and all they were alighted of the grace of the Holy Ghost. Then began every knight to behold other, and either saw other, by their seeming, fairer than ever they saw afore.
Page xxix - Saxon language was abandoned to the lowest of the people, and while the conquerors only deigned to employ their native French, the mixed language, now called English, only existed as a kind of lingua franca, to conduct the necessary intercourse between the victors and the vanquished. It was not till the reign of Henry III., that this dialect had assumed a shape fit for the purposes of the poet ;* and even then, it is most probable that English poetry, if any such existed, was abandoned to the peasants...
Page xxvii - Gotfried adds, that he sought Thomas's narrative diligently, both in French and Latin books, and at length fortunately discovered it. In another place he appeals to the authority of Thomas concerning the dominions of Raveline (the Roland of Thomas), which he says consisted of Parmenie (Armenie) and of a separate territory held of Duke Morgan, to whom the Scots were then subject.
Page 251 - That champion was entertained in the enchanted castle of a beautiful fairy, who engaged him in a party at chess in a large hall, where flags of black and white marble formed the chequer, and the pieces, consisting of massive statues of gold and silver, moved at the touch of the magic rod held by the player. Sir Gaheret, being defeated, was obliged to remain the fairy's prisoner, but was afterwards liberated by his cousin Gawin, who check-mated the mistress of the enchanted chess-board. A similar...

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