Lives of the Archbishops of Canterbury; Anglo-Norman Period Volume 2

Lives of the Archbishops of Canterbury; Anglo-Norman Period Volume 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. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ...and the sons of the nobility, .--, -L-who, under their chosen leader, were performing their U62!!. miliary service. At a little distance, followed huntsmen 1170. with their harriers, and falconers with their hawks, that in aristocratic sports the chancellor might beguile the tediousness of the journey, when arriving at a convenient halting-place. Eight vans, each drawn by five horses, in size and strength equal to chargers, and each horse led by a groom in a new livery, formed part of the procession. One of these vans was the chancellor's chapel; another was his chamber; another his kitchen. His wardrobe filled a fourth, for Becket was at this time a fop. He had four-and-twenty changes of garments, elegant tartans, grieze and foreign skins, cloaks and carpets; "such," says his biographer, "as those with which the bed and chamber of a bishop are adorned." From the same authority we learn, that two of these carriages contained iron-bound casks, filled with a liquor which the chancellor was taking to Paris, because it was much relished by the French; "being," as Fitz-Stephen informs us, "a wholesome drink, bright and clear, of a vinous colour, and superior taste." The author informs us, that it was a decoction of water made from the strength of corn; its vulgar name was beer. There were twelve sumpter horses and eight coffers to carry the chancellor's silver cups, and pitchers, and basins, and salts, and spoons, and knives, and other utensils, together with his plate of gold. There were coffers or chests to contain the chancellor's money, sufficient to pay his daily expenses. One sumpter horse preceded the others, being laden with the sacred vessels of the chapel, the books and ornaments of the altar. Each...
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  • Paperback | 250 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 454g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236494792
  • 9781236494795