Archaeologia, Or, Miscellaneous Tracts Relating to Antiquity Volume 14

Archaeologia, Or, Miscellaneous Tracts Relating to Antiquity Volume 14

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1803 edition. Excerpt: ...the neighbourhood of Romsey. In support of this conjecture it may be observed, that in Sandford's Genealogical History, Robert Earl of Gloucester and his son are styled Consuls of Gloucester, a very singular title; and the word Consule appears on one of the capitals, though it is not certain in what fense. On the other hand it is to be noticed, that, at the battle of Stockbridge, Robert was made prisoner by the forces of Stephen, and would hardly have recorded his own misfortune; and moreover, the sculpture would very inaccurately represent that combat, as Robert never was a king, and Stephen was not present at the battle, being himself then prisoner to Robert's adherents. The daughter of of Stephen was also about this time Abbess of Romsey, and it is not likely that Robert would be a benefactor to that very abbey, or be permitted to record his exploits in the face of the daughter of his capital enemy. The style of the architecture of this part of the building is also purely Norman or Saxon, a mode almost out of use in the reign of Stephen. It may be observed that the western part of the church, which was begun upon a very noble plan and suddenly discontinued, never afterwards to be resumed, is exactly in the style of the age of Stephen. Another event occurs in our history to which it is not impossible that the sculpture and inscriptions in question may have a refer-ence, and to the date of which the style of the building will much more nearly answer. Robert, the eldest son of William the Conqueror, fought and unhorsed his father, whom he only recognised at the moment when he was about to slay him. Struck with remorse, he relinquished his victory, and remounted his father and king on his own horse... The arrest of the son's hand by this...show more

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  • Paperback | 86 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236893573
  • 9781236893574