Stonehenge; A Romance or the Days of Nero Volume 1

Stonehenge; A Romance or the Days of Nero Volume 1

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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. 1842 edition. Excerpt: ... personal service being the tenure under which he held his lands! The bustle which had disturbed his slumbers, he was informed, was occasioned by the arrival of two or three uchelwyrs, or high-men, to pay their rent in kind; and the nature and extent of the business transacted on that day, may be estimated from the rent paid by these magnates, each of whom held a fee of about one hundred acres of land from the King, for which they remitted to the royal stores a horse-load of the best wheat reduced to flour, one ox, a barrel of mead, nine palms in length, and eighteen in breadth, or two of braget, or four of common ale, and 168 equal threaves of oats for the stable, a sow three years old, a salted gammon three inches in thickness, and a pot of butter three palms long and three broad! To these great men succeeded others, bringing straw and wood for the King's bed and fire, bows and arrows for his armoury, and hounds for the royal kennel. Those who brought manufactured articles of provision, were obliged to take them to be weighed or measured: the masses of butter were to be as large as a certain dish; and it was indispensable that each loaf of oatmeal bread should be equal in breadth to the measure of the arm from the elbow to the wrist, ' and so thick as not to bend, though held at the extremity. Two days were thus consumed; the third day was appointed for the hearing of causes, and the adjustment of differences, before the King in person. For this purpose, Arviragus, attended by his Brawdyr Llys, or Court Justiciary, and some of the elders of the state, who were hereditary judges, adjourned to Old Sarum's mound, which was called the Hill of Assemblies. Here the King took his seat in the open air, with his back towardsthe...show more

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  • Paperback | 62 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236798368
  • 9781236798367