Constable's miscellany of original and selected publications (Google eBook)

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Page 142 - Amongst the which, the most ancient • is the Tabard, so called of the sign, which, as we now term it, is of a jacket, or sleeveless coat, whole before, open on both sides, with a square collar, winged at the shoulders ; a stately garment of old time, commonly worn of noblemen...
Page 264 - Surrounded by his officers of state, or marching at the head of his troops, in peace or in war, he appeared as the military chief of a powerful and independent franchise. The court of Durham exhibited all the appendages of royalty : nobles addressed the palatine sovereign kneeling, and, instead of menial servants, knights waited in his presence-chamber, and at his table, bareheaded and standing.
Page 73 - that he had been invited to York to marry the princess of England, not to treat of affairs of state : and that he could not take a step so important without the knowledge and approbation of his parliament.
Page 266 - Busshop of Dureme in the tyme of King Eduarde, the son of King Henry, was the maist prowd and masterfull busshop in all England, and it was com'only said that he was the prowdest lord in Christienty. It chaunced that, emong other lewd persons, this Sir Anthon entertained at his court one Hugh...
Page 142 - ... before, open on both sides, with a square collar, winged at the shoulders ; a stately garment, of old time commonly worne of noblemen and others, both at home and abroad in the wars ; but then (to wit, in the...
Page 200 - Manrent tharoff thar will no man me craiff. Quhat will ye mar ? I warne yow, I am fre ; For your somoundis ye get no mar off me.
Page 92 - I saw the good Baron Bertram de Montbouchier, on whose shining silver shield were three red pitchers, with besants, in a black border. With him Gerard de Gondronville, an active and handsome bachelor. He had a shield neither more nor less than vaire. These were not resting idle, for they threw up many a stone, and suffered many a heavy blow.
Page 267 - And he spake never word, but lifte up his cloke, and then he shewed Sir Anton his ribbes set with bones and nothing more ; and none other of the varlets saw him, but the busshop only. And...
Page 264 - ... crown, when they trenched on the privileges of the aristocracy. When his pride or his patriotism had provoked the displeasure of his sovereign, he met the storm with firmness, and had the fortune or the address to emerge from disgrace and difficulty with added rank and influence. His high birth gave him a natural claim to power, and he possessed every popular and splendid quality which could command obedience or excite admiration. His courage and constancy were shown in the service of his sovereign....
Page 266 - In the munificence of his public works he rivalled the greatest of his predecessors. Within the bishopric of Durham he founded the colleges of Chester and Lanchester, erected towers at Gainford and Coniscliff, and added to the buildings of •Middleham was deserted for the green glades of Auckland.

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