In Quest of the Holy Graal; An Introduction to the Study of the Legend

In Quest of the Holy Graal; An Introduction to the Study of the Legend

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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. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...wells for victual. ' King Amangons, that was evil and cravenhearted, was the first to break the custom, for thereafter did many others the same according to the ensample they took of the King whose duty it was to protect the damsels and to maintain and guard them within his peace. One of the damsels did he enforce, and to her sore sorrow did away her maidenhead, and carried off from her the cup of gold that he took along with him, and afterward did make him every day be served thereof. Well deserved he to come to mishap thereby. For thenceforth never did the damsel serve any more nor issue forth of that well for no man that might come thither to ask for victual. And all the other damsels only served in such sort as that none should see them. 'The other vassals that held of the King's honour, when they beheld this of their Lord that he enforced the damsels wheresoever he found them comeliest, did all in like manner enforce them and carried off the cups of gold in suchwise that thereafter did no damsel issue forth of the wells nor none did service. This wot ye well, my Lords, that on this wise did the land turn to its downfall, and an evil end withal did the King make and all the others after him that had wrought the damsels sore annoy. In such sort was the kingdom laid waste that thenceforth was no tree leafy. The meadows and the flowers were dried up and the waters were shrunken, nor as then might no man find the Court of the Rich Fisherman that wont to make in the land a glittering glory of gold and silver, of ermines and minever, of rich palls of sendal, of meats and of stuffs, of falcons gentle and merlins and tercels and sparrow-hawks and falcons peregrine. 'Then, when the Court was found, throughout more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123687367X
  • 9781236873675