For and Against, or Queen Margaret's Badge

For and Against, or Queen Margaret's Badge

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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. 1858 edition. Excerpt: the banqueting-hall, where many steel-clad guests were already met. The warmth and splendour of this apartment were a strong contrast to the storm and darkness without. An immense fire roared in the wide chimney, and four-and-twenty tall Marchmen, ranged against the walls, held aloft blazing pine-torches. The Duke of York occupied a chair of state on the dais, and next him sat the Duchess Cecily, the only lady present. Sir Piers observed with satisfaction the relieved and cheerful expression of the Duke's face, and noted that he conversed freely with Sir Andrew Trollope, to whom an honourable post near his person had been assigned. The veteran talked and laughed, and did not shrink from raising to his lips the peg-tankard, in which all the company in turn drank to the glorious issue of the morrow's strife. A glance of kindly recognition from the Duke greeted Sir Piers as the guests broke up. This they did early, to the disgust of Sir Adam de Trowtbecke and of the Calaisian leaders, who were used to prolonged carouses. Sir Piers was departing, when the deep voice of the Earl of Salisbury called him aside, and spoke these few words in his ear. 'Our fears were groundless; the men be true as steel. Some few vain scruples did beset their minds, but these a conference with the Duke's Grace hath fully satisfied; by God's help and theirs we shall win the day tomorrow.' Heartily and cheerily did Sir Piers re-echo this conviction. In his perfect reliance on the Earl's caution and experience, he flung suspicion to the winds. With a degree of cordiality he himself marvelled at, he met the advances which Sir Andrew, shrewd and politic, though coarse and rough in manners, now made to him. Nay, he was flattered at the anxiety the old captain shewed to...
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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236514114
  • 9781236514110