Marco Visconti

Marco Visconti

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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. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ... incident had subsided, the herald cried in a loud voice: "Call Arnaldo Vitale." And there was the troubadour, who, quite clothed in armour, with a bright cuirass and the silver spurs, the distinctive mark of a squire, now sped across the field, threw himself on the Saracen, and struck it right in the centre of the shield with such an impetus that the whole machine shook, and the lance was broken in pieces. This was the third that had been broken that day, but none had yet struck the "brocco," that is to say, the iron point which was in the centre of the shield, called on that account "brocchiere;" and so it was decreed this was the best thrust. The herald shouted, "Imbroccato," and there was a general sound of applause. p In another moment the mnltitnde began to cry out, "Now for Tremacoldo; it is Tremacoldo's turn." "I am here, I am not going to run away," replied the buffoon. "Quick, put your lance in rest," said Lupo, who was standing at his side, and was acting buriasso, as they expressed it, at that time, and as we should say, padrino: "quick, turn the horse, and give him his head." But the cheat, who did not care to run a desperate race for nothing, had already thought of a trick to get out of it by an artifice; and instead of putting the lance in rest, he passed it under his arm, and started off towards the goal, all of a heap in his saddle, tossed up and down like a sack of potatoes, so that he was a sight to see. Arrived at the goal, he gave a thrust with his lance, immediately entangling it in the folds of the purple mantle in which the figure of the Saracen was draped. It was not a fair blow, and consequently the lay figure, unaccustomed to such...show more

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  • Paperback | 134 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 254g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236969375
  • 9781236969378