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Page 373 - 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 341 - In our forefathers tyme, whan Papistrie, as a standyng poole, couered and ouerflowed all England, fewe bookes were read in our tong, sauyng certaine bookes of Cheualrie, as they sayd, for pastime and pleasure, which, as some say, were made in Monasteries, by idle Monkes or wanton Chanons: as 'one for example, Morte Arthure...
Page 373 - And thou wert the courteousest 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 struck with sword.
Page 344 - 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 lxvi - Over gestes it has the steem, Over all that is or was, If men it sayd as made Thomas ; Bot I here it no man so say, That of some copple som is away.
Page 284 - make the arber" 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 twolegged 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 :
Page lxxxiii - The History of Tristrem was not, so far as I know, translated into English as a separate work ; but his adventures make a part of the collection called the Morte Arthur, containing great part of the history of the Round Table, extracted at hazard, and without much art or combination, from the various French prose folios on that favourite topic. This work was compiled by Sir Thomas Malory, or Maleore, in the ninth year of the reign of Edward IV., and printed by Caxton. It has since undergone several...
Page 368 - 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 282 - The hemynges was a piece of the hide cut out to make brogues for the huntsmen. When the versatile David de Strathbogie, Earl of Athole, was hard pressed, and driven to the Highlands by the Earl of Murray in 1335, Winton mentions, as a mark of his distress, That at sa gret myschef he wes, That his knychtes weryd rewelynis, Of hydis, or of hart hemmynys.