History of Scotland, Volume 2

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William Tait, 1828 - Scotland
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Page 369 - Scots, a nation in whose veins the blood of all those ancient races is mingled, should, at a remote period, have evinced an enthusiastic admiration for song and poetry; that the harper was to be found amongst the officers who composed the personal state of the sovereign ; and that the country maintained a privileged race of wandering minstrels, who eagerly seized on the prevailing superstitions and romantic legends, and wove them, in rude but sometimes...
Page 390 - Bedford, as appears from the following account of the manner in which it was taken by Henry III., AD 1224 : ' The castle was taken by four assaults.
Page 365 - ... thurch ginne, A selly man is he; Thurch min hert with inne, Y wounded hath he me. So sone : Of bale bot he me blinne, Mine liif days ben al done."—
Page 5 - L off Sluys in Flanders, at this time the great seaport of the Netherlands. His object was to find out companions with whom he might travel to Jerusalem ; but he declined landing, and for twelve days received all visitors on board his ship with a state almost kingly. " At Sluys he heard that Alonzo, the king of Leon and Castile, was carrying on war with Osmyn, the Moorish governor of Granada. The religious mission which he had embraced, and the vows he had taken before leaving Scotland, induced Douglas...
Page 6 - Roslin, whom he saw in jeopardy. In attempting this, he was inextricably involved with the enemy. Taking from his neck the casket which contained the heart- of Bruce, he cast it before him, and exclaimed with a loud voice, " Now pass onward as thou wert wont, and Douglas will follow thee or die...
Page 354 - Seotus;4 and that, во early as 1233, the schools of St Andrews were under the charge of a rector. A remarkable instance of this is to be found in the Cartulary of Kelso, where Matilda, the Lady of Moll, in the year 1260, grants a certain rent to be paid to the abbot and the monks of this religious house, under the condition that they should board and educate her son with the best boys who were intrusted to their care.5 In the Accounts of the Chamberlain l Cartulary of Kelso, pp.
Page 209 - ... they received a regular rent, and of whose wealth and gains they always held a share, because they were frequently the masters of the persons and property of the tradesmen and villeyns, by whom such early communities were inhabited. In these villages the larger divisions, under the names of caracutes, bovates, or oxgates, were cultivated by the husbandmen, and the cottars under them, while, for their own maintenance, each of these poor labourers was the master of a cottage, with a small piece...
Page 237 - Under the reign of Alexander the First, the intercourse of Scotland with the East, and the splendid appearance of the sovereign, are shown by a singular ceremony which took place in the High Church of St Andrews.
Page 361 - III., that this dialect had assumed a shape fit for the purposes of the poet ; * and even then, it is most probable that English poetry, if any such existed, was abandoned to the peasants and menials, while all, who aspired above the vulgar, listened to the lais of Marie, the romances of Chretien de Troyes, or the interesting fabliaux of the Anglo-Norman trouveurs.
Page 208 - Cartularies, that at this period, upon the large feudal estates belonging to the nobles or to the church, were to be found small villages, or collections of hamlets and cottages, termed...

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