The Literary History of the Troubadours: Containing Their Lives, Extracts from Their Works, and Many Particulars Relative to the Customs, Morals, and History of the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries

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T. Cadell, 1779 - Troubadours - 495 pages
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Page 18 - Blondel that this prisoner was Richard. He went immediately to the castle, the sight of which, made him tremble. He got acquainted with a peasant, who went often there to carry provisions; questioned, and offered him a considerable sum to declare who it was that was shut up there ; but the good man, though he readily told all he knew, was ignorant both of the name and quality of the prisoner. He could only inform him, that he was watched with the most exact attention, and was suffered no communication...
Page 18 - He added, that the prisoner had no other amusement than looking over the country through a small grated window, which served also for the light that glimmered into his apartment. He told him that this castle was a horrid abode ; that the stair-case and...
Page 17 - Richard, animated with tenderness towards his illustrious master, was resolved to go over the world till he had discovered the destiny of this prince. He had already traversed Europe, and was returning through Germany, when, talking one day at Lintz, in Austria, with the innkeeper, in order to make this...
Page 1 - At the end of the eleventh and the beginning of the twelfth century a great revival took place in art.
Page 289 - ... full of actual events still more strange and romantic. The student of history will be struck with the sincerity and genuine earnestness of the gallantry of those days. I have read with admiration the confession of William Magret, a poet of Viennois, who addressed this remarkable message to Peter II. who was killed at the battle of Muret : " Since God has placed you in heaven, be mindful of us who are left on earth.
Page 486 - Love fills with joy ! To act fraudulently in love is a proof you have never loved. You cannot love, nor ever ought to be loved, if you ask anything of your mistress which virtue condemns. It is not love that seeks dishonour of virtue.
Page 260 - To seek for fidelity in women, is to seek for holy things among the carcasses of dead and putrid dogs— to confide in them is the confidence of the dove in the kite. If they have no children they bestow a supposed offspring, that they may inherit the dowry which belongs only to mothers. What you love the most, their arts will cause you to hate ; and when they have filled up the measure of their iniquity, they laugh at their disorders, and justify their guilt.
Page 201 - Learn to play on the tabor, the cymbals, and the bagpipe. Learn to throw and catch little apples on the point of knives. Learn to imitate the songs of birds with your voices, to pretend to make an attack on a castle as if you were besieging it, to jump through. four hoops, to play on the citall and the mandore, to perform on the cloncorde and the guitar, for they are delightful to all. Learn how to string the viol with seventeen chords, to sound the bells, to play the harp, and to compose a jig that...
Page 261 - Tours to have pity on him ; but she answered that she would never grant this request till a hundred ladies and a hundred knights, who were truly in love, came to her with hands joined, and knees bent, to solicit the pardon of Berbesieu. On this condition she promised to forgive him. This news restored hope to the poet, and he gave vent to his...
Page xv - Troubadours are neverthelefs of great value, as the cuftoms and morals of thefe diftant ages are, in them, more exactly copied from nature than in any other memoirs of the times. The ancient chroniclers, educated in the gloom and prejudices of a cloifter, gave only tirefome narrations ; their facts were intermixed with vulgar opinions, and ridiculous legends, and thus they darkened and degraded hiftory.

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