The Marquis D'Argenson and Richard II

The Marquis D'Argenson and Richard II

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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. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ... obtaining horses to his fancy. Chaucer, in the Prologue to the ' Canterbury Tales, ' makes his monk a judge of horseflesh, 2 and it is one of Langland's plaints that ' Religion is a rider, a pricker of a palfrey from. manor to manor.' But Richard was very far from complaining of this state of affairs; in the abbeys he had discovered the best of recruiting-grounds for the replenishing of his stud; and the records teem with the ineffectual protests of the regulars against the forcible lifting of their most valued cattle.3 And here, as elsewhere, the royal example, popular in its immorality, found a host of successful imitators. The scandalous abuse of the king's privilege for the impressment of horses for his temporary needs at last produced a statute (20 Ric. II. c. 5) against ' people of evil condition, who of their own authority take and cause to be taken royally horses, saying and devising that they be to ride on hasty messages and business, when in truth they be in no wise privy of any business or message; but only in deceit and subtilty, by such colour and device to take horses, and the said horses hastily do ride, and evil entreat, having nq manner of conscience or compassion on their behalf; so that the said horses become all spoiled and foundered, paying no manner of thing nor penny for the same, nor giving them any manner of sustenance.' 1 Rirlzard 11. v. 5. 1 ' F ul many a deyntee hors hadde he in stable.' 3 Cf. Walsingham, Ypad. Neurtr. p. 545, when the king went to Calais to confer with the King of France. It is easy to imagine that, by the men who deposed Richard, the breaking down of a favourite mare or the theft of a promising two-year-old would be remembered as a...show more

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  • Paperback | 90 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 177g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236742079
  • 9781236742070