Life of Geoffrey Chaucer, the Early English Poet; Including Memoirs of His Near Friend and Kinsman, John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster : With Sketches of the Manners, Opinions, Art Literature of England in the Fourteenth Century; Volume 3
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. 1804 edition. Excerpt: ...for a yearr, and afterward an enlargement of this truce till the spring of 1383 s. The orders which were sent to the earl of Northumberland might therefore have been intended either to prevent the unnecessary effusion of blood, or for the purpose of reserving the honour to be acquired on this occasion for the person to whom was assigned the principal command. If the former were the motive, it reflects the highest lustre upon the king of Castillel and if the latter, it was probably Chap. Walsingham, ad ann. 'Ryraer, 4 Ric. 2, Sep. 6. 'Bymer, Nov. 1, ditto, Jun. 18. XL.Ill considered as a proceeding of course, when a i person of higher rank and possessing a more ample commission was about to arrive. The earl however was animated with that haughtiness of spirit and delicacy of honour, which we are accustomed to ascribe to the knights and warriors of old; and could not tamely brook this restraint put upon him on the part of a prince toward whom he had displayed the most zealous attachment on trying occasions. John of Gaunt had been induced, for the xtnn. purpose of his conferences with the Scots, to wiadvance to the northward; while he left his iunw tibll equipage, and the provisions that would be required in case hostilities should become necessary, sheltered by the walls and garrison of the fortress of Berwick'. It was while he was thus advanced upon the Scottish border, that he received the afflicting intelligence of 'Froiesart, Chap. lxxiiL lasi. English populace. Tragical communications sound larger and more terrible, when the person to whom they are made is at a distance from the place of action. Had the king of Castille been cast in the scene of these commotions, his courage and manly spirit would have been awakened; he...
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