Scottish Historical and Romantic Ballads; Chiefly Ancient

Scottish Historical and Romantic Ballads; Chiefly Ancient

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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. 1808 edition. Excerpt: ... death, without further delay, spurreth his horse, and came forward to Edinburgh, and entered into the castle; where, by outward countenance, he was received with great joy and gladness, and banquetted royally, with all delicates that could be gotten; and ever that he should take no suspicion of any deceit to follow thereupon. Then, at the last, many of the earl's friends being scaled off the town, and opportunity serving, with consent and advice of the governor, who came then, of set purpose, to Edinburgh, when the dinner was finished, and all the delicate courses taken away, the chancellor presented a bull's head before the Earl of Douglas, which was a sign and token of condemnation to the death; but the earl and his brother beholding this manifold treason, with sad mind and driry countenance, start up from the board, and made to leap at some place where they might anywise get out; but then, from hand, a company of armed men rushed out round about them, who, breaking all hospitality, lead them to the Castle-hill, with Sir Malcolm Fleming of Cumbernauld, and other gentlemen their assisters and familiars, and strook their heads from them. This was done in the year of God one thousand four hundred and forty years. It is said, the king, being of ten years then, lamented and wept very sore, when he saw the men of war bind the earl's hands and his brother's with cords; and prayed the chancellor, for God's sake, to let them alone, and save their lives for any pleasure that he would desire him; and therefore the chancellor boasted the king right sharply, saying, ' That it was for no privy hatred that he bare toward the Earl of Douglas, and his favourers and friends, that he should thole the death that day, according to his deserving, but because he was...show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236602110
  • 9781236602114