The history of Peter the Cruel, king of Castile and Leon, Volume 1

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R. Bentley, 1849 - Castile (Spain)
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Page 116 - Brito, the reader may chuse which he likes best: for myself, I judge St. Isidore's to be very likely, Sepulveda's very ingenious, and Resende's very true, . . till some better shall be discovered. But certain it is, that this date is peculiar to Spain.
Page 22 - Benavidcs, and that numerous class, are purely Moorish and Arabic. From whatever different sources their names may be taken, the system of nobility in Spain is essentially derived from the Goths. Rico ombria was equivalent to grandeeship — in which it has long since merged. The title in no wise depended on wealth, though the sound has misled Ducange. The position of the ric determines the signification : there is as much difference between a rico hombre and a hombre ricco, as between a sage femme...
Page 24 - ... sobre los fechos de los conceios de las hermandades, et de las peticiones que fueron fechas de su parte, et sobre los otorgamientos que les ficieron, et sobre los previlegios que por esta razón les fueron otorgados ; mas ante fuemos ende apartados et estrannados et sacados...
Page 239 - ¡Oh Valencia, oh Valencia, de mal fuego seas quemada! Primero fuiste de moros que de cristianos ganada. Si la lanza no me miente, a moros serás tornada...
Page 206 - ... Albuquerque in his last moments did not belie the firmness of his character. When at the point of death, he assembled his vassals, and made them swear to make neither peace nor truce with the king until they had obtained satisfaction for his wrongs. In imitation, perhaps, of our great Plantagenet, Edward I., he directed that his body should be carried at the head of their battalion so long as the war lasted, as though unwilling to lay down his hatred and authority until they had triumphed over...
Page 310 - St. Jago !" For one moment, surprise and respect for the red cross of St. James rooted the men to the spot. Then one of the cavalleros of the palace, advancing through the door, cried, " Traitors, what are you about ? Did you not hear the king command you to kill the Master?" The ballasteros raised their maces, when Don Fadrique, vigorously throwing off the grasp of Pero Lopez, rushed into the court and endeavoured to defend himself ; but the hilt of his sword, which he carried under the large cloak...
Page 310 - Which of the two, sire ?" demanded the officer, hesitating between Don Fadrique and Don Diego de Padilla. " The Master of St. Jago," returned the king, in a voice of thunder. Immediately Pero Lopez, seizing Don Fadrique by the arm, said,
Page 191 - ... at Valladolid, at the time of his marriage with Blanche de Bourbon ; secondly, because he has insulted my sister, first saying that he took her for wife and queen, and then, after treating her with contumely, leaving her.
Page 47 - La barragana si probada fuere fiel a su sennor, e buena, herede la meatad que amos en uno ganaren en muebles e en raiz.
Page 239 - Caballero & la gineta Encima una yegua baya, Borceguies maroquies Y espuela de oro calzada Una adarga ante los pechos Y en su mano una azagaya." In Lord Berners' " Froissart," Henry of Trastamara, when reckoning his forces before the battle of Najera, is made to say, " I have thre thousande larded horses, the whiche shall be two wynges to our batayle ; and I have also seven thousande genetourt," (cap. ccxxxvi.). In another ballad the Moor Arbolan is called " El mas gallardo ginete Que jamas tuv6...

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