The Works of Walter Scott, Esq Volume 15

The Works of Walter Scott, Esq Volume 15

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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. 1826 edition. Excerpt: ...of as unconqucrable courage, address, and success in arms, the Saracens gradually caught a part of their manners, and especially of those chivalrous nbservances, which were so well calculatcd to charm the minds of a proud and conquering people. They had their tournaments and games of chivalry; they had even their knights, "r some rank analogous; and above all, the Sara cens observed their plighted faith with an accuracy which might sometimes put to shame those who owned a hetter religion. Their truces, whether national or hetwixtindividuals, were faithfully observed; and thus it was, that war, in itself perbaps the greatest of evils, yet gave occasion for display ofgood faith, generosity, clemency, and even kindly affections, which less frequently occur in more tranquil periods, where the passions of men, experiencing wrongs or entertaining quarrels which cannot be brought to instant decision, are apt to smoulder for a length of time in the bosoms of those who are so unhappy as to he their prey. It was under the influence of these milder feelings, which soften the horrors of warfare, that the Christian and Saracen, who had so lately done their best for each other's mutual destruction, rode at a slow pace towards the fountain of palmtrees, to which the Knight of the Couchant Leopard had been tending, when interrupted in mid passage by his fleet and dangerous adversary. Each was wrapt for some time in his own reflections, and took breath affer an encounter which had threatened to he fatal to one or both; and their good horses seemed no less to enjoy the interval of repose. That of the Saracen, however, though he had been forced into much the more violent and extended sphere ofmotion, appeared to have suffered less from more

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  • Paperback | 186 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 340g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236939239
  • 9781236939234