Impressions of England

Impressions of England

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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. 1836 edition. Excerpt: ...lies prostrate there in the dust, or in the horrible form of skeletons! As a strong contrast, at some feet above, "in light and air," are the stalls of the living peers of the kingdom, in double rows, reaching to the farther extremity of the choir; and above each of these envied seats are suspended flags, bearing their coats of arms. The tower of the castle terminated our visit of inspection; and there, again, my national vanity was put to trial: but this time the dose was less revolting, for its great age softened its FRENCH ARMOUR. 289 bitterness. In a spacious hall was a collection of armour, and amongst others some cuirasses, pierced with holes made by arquebuses, upon which the lance and the heavy sword of other days had left deep marks of desperate combat. These were the reliques of the battle of Agincourt, where, as history says, "perished la fleur des nobles chevaliers de France." Our guide in this part was a woman, young, rosy, and pleasing; and when with her white wand she pointed to the broken armour, saying that they had belonged to French chevaliers found dead upon the field of battle, whether it was her sex's generosity, or her own peculiar perspicacity which caused her to divine what passed in a man's heart by the expression on his face, I know not, but she hastened to remark that all these wounds "were bravely received in front," for not one cuirass was marked in the back. This was "gilding the pill," it is true;' but she did it so amiably, and with a delicacy of feeling so little to be expected in her sphere of life, that my brother and I felt grateVol. i. o 290 RETURN TO ASCOT. ful, and her little parting offering was doubled in consequence. But it was in a very hurried manner that...show more

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  • Paperback | 98 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 191g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236870484
  • 9781236870483