The Cosmopolitan Volume 14, Nos. 1-6

The Cosmopolitan Volume 14, Nos. 1-6

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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. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ...escient, d'estoc ne aussi depuis la sainture en aval," etc., etc. Whereupon the knights expressed assent, and a series of movements in the two camps followed. Soon the master of ceremonies gave warning that the rope was to be cut; the combatants faced each other; the signal was given; the axe fell upon the rope; the knights charged upon each other, sword (fortunately wicker) in hand, and the melee began. Formerly blood used to flow freely but now it was something less tragic. However, most of the spectators were more humane or imaginative, whichever you choose, than the Parisian ladies whom I overheard sighing for more realism in this respect. Presently the judges gave the signal for ending; the combatants separated and retired from the lists as they had entered, all safe and sound, but the spectators did not regret that there was no pallid, bloody victim, such as Scott, Bulwer and others represent in descriptions of tournaments, to be borne off the field. The fourth event, the dome, showed us the participants of the tournament in a more peaceful but none the less picturesque and gracious sscene. A tall mast, from the top of which hung long, gay ribbons, was erected in the arena. Each knight grasping one of the streamers, they executed graceful figures, fraternally intermingling; thus attesting that they had preserved no rancorous feeling from the foregoing strife. They then distributed flowers to the ladies near the barriers, which produced no little scrambling. Then came the " Representation d'unPas," or defence of an assumed position by the challenging knight and his follow ers against all comers. The defending party entered with all the pomp and ceremony of the tournament--herald, trumpeters, banner bearers, judges and...show more

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  • Paperback | 186 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 340g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236807693
  • 9781236807694