Lives of Edward the Confessor Volume 3

Lives of Edward the Confessor Volume 3

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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: ... respectful friend. The kingdom is in good condition; (So are) knights and prelates, 1380 Townsmen and merchants, Husbandmen and peasants, Clerks and citizens, Freemen and serfs, Since justice is upheld 138 Throughout, and peace maintained; It might seem to be in England After the miseries of war That the world is renewed; "Winter is gone, and summer arrived. But whoever is at ease Ought to think of his discomforts; And when he is in better condition To think of ruin and destruction; Since from a height man fails very low, 139 And joy soon turns to woe. 1390 1400 Since he is at so good a period of life, He then sends to all his people That to London they should come promptly, To discuss the condition of the kingdom; And they come without demur. 1405 When quiet and silence is obtained, The king begins to speak to them: "Lords, it ought not to be concealed, When I was in anguish and distress, --This was, to tell you the truth, 1410 When I was sojourning in Normandy With the duke, who was my grandsire, Kichard, and was young, --News came to me often, Which made me very sorrowful, 1415 Now of Cnut, now of Sweyn, By whom you suffered so much sorrow, Slaughter, arson, Exaction of property, Exile, banishment, 1420 And imprisonment.1 News of the death of my father, News of the marriage of my mother, News of Edmund my brother, Which was worse than the former, 1425 News of my nephews Who were slain by gluttonous Danes: Then of Alfred, my brother, who Was destroyed and died in Ely. I was watched as a prisoner, 1430 Nor was I safe even in a monastery. Besides God and His Mother I had no Comfort, and my lord Saint Peter, to the Barons. 1 These lines, though evidently only two, are thus printed in the MS., the initial letters being in...show more

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  • Paperback | 134 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 254g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236584082
  • 9781236584083