History of the United Netherlands; From the Death of William the Silent to the Twelve Years' Truce--1609 Volume 1-2

History of the United Netherlands; From the Death of William the Silent to the Twelve Years' Truce--1609 Volume 1-2

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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. 1888 edition. Excerpt: ...at the relief of Grave. The sword of knighthood1 was laid upon the shoulder of each hero, by the Earl of Leicester, as her Majesty's vicegerent; and then the ushers marshalled the mighty feast. Meats in the shape of lions, tigers, dragons, and leopards, flanked by peacocks, swans, pheasants, and turkeys "in their natural feathers as in their greatest pride," disappeared, course after course, --sonorous metal blowing meanwhile the most triumphant airs. After the banquet came dancing, vaulting, tumbling, together with the "forces of Hercules, which gave great delight to the strangers," after which the company separated until evensong. Then again, "great was the feast," says the chronicler, --' a mighty supper following hard upon the gigantic dinner. After this there was tilting at the barriers, the young Earl of Essex and other knights bearing themselves more chivalrously than would seem to comport with so much eating and drinking. Then, horrible to relate, came another "most sumptuous banquet of Sugar-meates for the men-at-arms and the ladies," after which, it being now midnight, the Lord of Leicester bade the whole company good rest, and the men-atarms and ladies took their leave.1 1 Bor. II. 699, TOO. Stowe, Holinshed, ubi up. 'Loyc. Corresp.' 252, 253, April-, 1586. "Shenks is a worthy fellow," said Leicester, who never could get nearer than this to the name of the terrible partisan, lie also mentioned that he VOL. II.--C had given the worthy fellow a chain, as from her Majesty; adding, with an eye to Elizabeth's thrift, that if she thought lie had paid too much for it, he would cheerfully pay the balance over what seemed the right sum out of his own pocket. 'Loye. Corresp.' 227 228. But while all...show more

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  • Paperback | 422 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 22mm | 748g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123654014X
  • 9781236540140