A Spring Fortnight in France

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Dodd, Mead, 1907 - France - 352 pages
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Page 326 - in the courts of love and beauty. The stern and barren rock from which they sprang and the comet of their scutcheon are the true symbols of their nature. History records no end of their ravages and slaughters. It is a tedious catalogue of blood—how one prince put to fire and sword the whole town of
Page 326 - how a fourth was flayed alive outside the walls of Avignon. There is nothing terrible, splendid and savage belonging to feudal history of which an example may not be found in the annals of Les Baux, as narrated by their chronicler, Jules
Page 326 - how another was stabbed in prison by his wife; how a third besieged the castle of his niece, and sought to undermine her chamber, knowing her the while to be in
Page 326 - who, after passing eighteen years in prison, yet won the grace and love of Joan of Naples by his charms. But the real temper of this fierce tribe was not shown among troubadours,
Page 325 - take also a good piece, for she is fair and good and truly virtuous; let her keep it well who knows so well to husband her own weal.
Page 325 - poets were not always adverse to the house of Baux. Fouquet, the beautiful and gentle melodist, whom Dante placed in Paradise, served Adelaisie, wife of Berald, with
Page 325 - The Complaint of Berald Des Baux for Adelaisie." Guillaume de Cabestan loved Berangere Des Baux, and was so loved by her that she gave him a
Page 325 - Raymond Berenger, by his wife's counsel, went, attended by troubadours, to meet the Emperor Frederick at Milan. There he sued for the investiture and ratification of
Page 324 - Baux, Seigneur of Marseilles, was one day starting on a journey with his whole force to Avignon. He met an old woman herb-gathering at
Page 325 - dealings, but not always to their own advantage, as the following story testifies: When the Baux and Berengers were struggling for the countship of

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