When Knights Were Bold
Long regarded as an authoritative source on medieval life and customs for young people, this covers such topics as: the training of knights; jousts and tournaments; monks and monasteries; merchant and craft guilds; arts and science; commerce; education; and life in castle, manor, and town.
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Page 129 - Give me my scallop-shell of quiet, My staff of faith to walk upon. My scrip of joy, immortal diet, My bottle of salvation, My gown of glory, hope's true gage; And thus I'll take my pilgrimage.
Page 187 - ... neither sow nor reap. He has given you fountains and rivers to quench your thirst, mountains and valleys in which to take refuge, and trees in which to build your nests ; so that your Creator loves you much, having thus favoured you with such bounties. Beware, my little sisters, of the sin of ingratitude, and study always to give praise to God.
Page 288 - Give the suppliant help in need, Heaven will sure repay thee. Take a mind unto thee now Like unto St. Martin ; Clothe the pilgrim's nakedness, Wish him well at parting. So may God translate your soul Into peace eternal, And the bliss of saints be yours In His realm supernal.
Page 300 - The pelican is a lean bird, so peevish and so wrathful that often, in her anger, she killeth her own young ones when they molest her, and then, soon after she is very sorry, and maketh great moan, and smiteth herself with her bill wherewith she slew her young, and draweth blood out of her breast, and with the blood she then quickeneth her slain birds. This pelican is the peevish recluse. Her birds are her good works, which she often slayeth with the bill of sharp wrath ; and when she hath so done,...
Page 229 - ... draw him, and one slipping on a sudden, all fall together; some tie bones to their feet and under their heels; and shoving themselves by a little picked staff, do slide, as swiftly as a bird flieth in the air, or an arrow out of a cross-bow.
Page 50 - The king's justices, who never loved it, at length reduced it to an illogical absurdity. They would not be at pains to require any real proof of a prisoner's sacred character. If he could read a line in a book, this would do ; indeed, it is even said that the same verse of the Psalms was set before the eyes of every prisoner, so that even the illiterate might escape if he could repeat by heart those saving words. Criminal law had been rough and rude, and sometimes cruel ; it had used the gallows...
Page 220 - ... of the dead. The only pests of London are the immoderate drinking of fools and the frequency of fires.
Page 265 - Newcastle, York, Lincoln, Norwich, Westminster, Canterbury, Chichester, Winchester, Exeter, and Bristol. The staple...