A History of Feudalism, British and Continental

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Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, & Green, 1863 - Feudalism - 360 pages
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Page 92 - Ten of them were sheathed in steel. With belted sword and spur on heel: They quitted not their harness bright, Neither by day nor yet by night...
Page 64 - ... he counted about twenty of them.* In England the private duel was also practised to a scandalous extent, towards the end of the sixteenth and beginning of the seventeenth centuries. The judicial combat now began to be more rare, but several instances of it are mentioned in history.
Page 181 - The king started a little, and said : ' By my faith, my lord, I thank you for your good cheer, but I may not endure to have my laws broken in my sight. My attorney must speak with you.
Page 60 - Death is not sufficient to deter Men, who make it their Glory to despise it, but if every one that fought a Duel were to stand in the Pillory it would quickly lessen the Number of these" imaginary Men of Honour, and put an end to so absurd a Practice.
Page 163 - The personal courage of this celebrated outlaw, his skill in archery, his humanity, and especially his levelling principle of taking from the rich and giving to the poor, have in all ages rendered him the favourite of the common people...
Page 77 - Every person of noble birth, was required, when twelve years old, to take a solemn oath, before the bishop of his diocese, to defend the oppressed, &c. This was ordained at the Council of Clermont, in the eleventh century; thus giving a public and sacred sanction to the humanities of chivalry.
Page 116 - as long as my arm," beginning with thanks to the Almighty, who had given man dominion over the fowls of the air, and the beasts of the field, and...
Page 129 - As some of the nobles were conversing together, one of them said, he wished all the brave men who were then living idly in England were there to help them.
Page 116 - It was thought in those excellent days, according to an old writer, 'quite sufficient for noblemen to winde their horn, and to carry their hawke fair; and leave study and learning to the children of mean people.
Page 194 - Attefeld, on the condition of holding his Majesty's head should he be sea-sick. By a deed extant among the public records, it appears that a descendant of Attefeld's was actually called upon, in the time of Edward I., to perform this duty of royal head-holding. William, Earl of Warenne, Lord of Stamford, in the time of the same king John, while standing upon the castle walls, saw two bulls fighting in the castle meadow, till the butchers' dogs pursued one of the bulls (maddened with the voices of...

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