(Eversley Edition of Charles Kingsley's Novels)

(Eversley Edition of Charles Kingsley's Novels)

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...Flanders runs in the veins of Queen Victoria. And thus there were few potentates of the North more feared and respected than Baldwin, the good-natured Earl of Flanders. But one sore thorn in the side he had, which other despots after him shared with him, and had even worse success in extracting;--namely, the valiant men of Scaldmariland, which we now call Holland. Of them hereafter. At the moment of Hereward's arrival, he was troubled with a lesser thorn, the count of Guisnes (seemingly, that Manasses whom Richard of Ely confounds with the Chatelain, or other lawful Commander, of St. Omer), who would not pay him up certain dues, and otherwise acknowledge his sovereignty. Therefore when the Chatelain of St. Omer sent him word to Bruges that a strange Viking had landed with his crew, calling himself Harold Naemansson, and offering to take service with him, he returned for answer that the said Harold might make proof of his faith and prowess upon the said Count, in which, if he acquitted himself like a good knight, Baldwin would have further dealings with him. So the Chatelain of St. Omer, with all his knights and men-at-arms, and Hereward with his sea-cocks, marched north-west up to Guisnes, with little Arnoul cantering alongside in high glee; for it was the first war he had ever seen. And they came to the Castle of Guisnes, and summoned the Count, by trumpet and herald, to pay or fight. Whereon, the Count preferring the latter, certain knights of his came forth and challenged the knights of St. Omer to fight them man to man. Whereon there was the usual splintering of lances and slipping up of horses, and hewing at heads and shoulders so well defended in mail that no one was much hurt. The archers and arbalisters, meanwhile, amused themselves by...show more

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  • Paperback | 86 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236663594
  • 9781236663597