Child Memorial Volume

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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. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ... resisted the Saracens unaided by Louis for seven years (cf. IVilMialm, 298, 11). The lines 3118-22 of Ahiseans are probably a reference to this same promise by Louis. The testimony of the Nel.-bonesi on this point is especially interesting. The compiler appar-ently knows nothing of any time limit set by the king. We learn from vol. I, p. 372, that Louis promised Guillaume two thousand men to conquer Nimes and Orange, and that he warned him not to expect further aid except to tne amount of three thousand men. Guillaume, however, besieged in Orange, holds out for nearly seven years;then, as the seven years are nearly at an end, he sends Iter-trant for aid.1 The tradilion of a long siege of Orange may, then, be regarded as well established. If, now, the short siege in the Ahiseans is derived from this long siege by some change or confusion in the story, we should expect the poem to give evidence of the fact. Such evidence is not wanting. 1. The siege as now described is impossible. Guiborc says in the Porter's scene: "Tome sui seule, n'ai ot raoi home ncs" (1623). Orange, then, has only the women and the few prisoners (sec above, p. 127) whom Guillaume recaptured in the rorter's scene to offer defence for four months against the large and determined army of the besiegers. This is inconceivable. There must have been more defenders or the messenger would not have left Guiborc. 2. There were perhaps more men in Orange than this passage indicates. At the moment of Guillaume's entry we read, Atnnt es vous les gardes aprestez, Qui out la porte ct les huis deformcm' In line 2228 wc read, Toute Ma gens est aveuc let armde, and in lines 2239-41, Et sa soaisnie a a Dieu commandde, Dc Guiborc proie k'ele soit bien gardee, Et la citd vers...show more

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  • Paperback | 102 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123693122X
  • 9781236931221