The Little Duke
Purchase one of 1st World Library's Classic Books and help support our free internet library of downloadable eBooks. Visit us online at www.1stWorldLibrary.ORG - - On a bright autumn day, as long ago as the year 943, there was a great bustle in the Castle of Bayeux in Normandy. The hall was large and low, the roof arched, and supported on thick short columns, almost like the crypt of a Cathedral; the walls were thick, and the windows, which had no glass, were very small, set in such a depth of wall that there was a wide deep window seat, upon which the rain might beat, without reaching the interior of the room. And even if it had come in, there was nothing for it to hurt, for the walls were of rough stone, and the floor of tiles. There was a fire at each end of this great dark apartment, but there were no chimneys over the ample hearths, and the smoke curled about in thick white folds in the vaulted roof, adding to the wreaths of soot, which made the hall look still darker.
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Abbot Martin Alberic de Montemar Alberic's Archbishop of Rouen arms Arnulf of Flanders asked Baron de Centeville blessed Brittany called Castle cheek child Count Bernard Count of Flanders Count of Harcourt Count of Paris court cried Richard Dame Astrida dark door Duke of Brittany Duke of Normandy Duke William Duke's dukedom Epte Eric de Centeville eyes face Farewell Father Lucas Ferrieres Flemings Frank French Fru Astrida Gerberge guard hair hall hand head hear heard hold horse Jumieges King Laon little boy little Duke little Richard looked Lord Duke Lord Richard Louis men-at-arms mother never night noble Norman Osmond de Centeville pardon Queen Rainulf replied rode Rollo Rollo's tower Rouen round safe scarcely Seneschal Senlis shout Sir Eric sleep speak Squire stairs stood supper sword tears tell thou thought vassal voice weary William Longsword window words young Duke