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Cedric, the Forester by Bernard Gay Marshall

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CEDRIC THE FORESTER BY BERNARD MARSHALL D. APPLETON AND COMPANY NEW YORK : LONDON : MCMXXVI

COPYRIGHT, 1921, BY D. APPLETON AND COMPANY

Copyright, 1920 1921, by The Sprague Publishing Company PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

DP Transcriber's notes can be found at the end of the book. CEDRIC THE FORESTER

Contents

CHAPTER I THE SIEGE OF CASTLE MOUNTJOY

CHAPTER II THE TAPPING ON THE DUNGEON WALL

CHAPTER III CEDRIC THE FORESTER

CHAPTER IV THE CHAMPION OF MOUNTJOY

CHAPTER V THE FESTIVAL OF THE ARCHERS

CHAPTER VI WOLF'S HEAD GLEN

CHAPTER VII THE OUTLAWS OF BLACKPOOL

CHAPTER VIII "THE FORTRESS OF THE MONKSLAYER"

CHAPTER IX CHURL AND OVERLORD

CHAPTER X THE PASS OF THE EAGLES

CHAPTER XI BY KIMBERLEY MOAT

CHAPTER XII THE IRON COLLAR

CHAPTER XIII ON THE ROAD TO RUNNYMEDE

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Now he raised himself on his arm and claimed the victory

Two huge stones, hurled by Alan the Armorer, came down on the heads of the luckless churls in the moat

Dame Franklin and the old soldier were frozen in their places

The force of my blow drove him backward, but my weapon pierced him not

We had gone scarce half a mile when 'twas plainly to be seen that my little mare was no match for the long limbed steeds of the Carletons

While I spoke my mother had grown pale as death

Then Elbert did come to the mark and, with a merry grin, sent five arrows toward the target

We made a procession through the field, all the men and maidens shouting and dancing and making a most merry and heartening din

He gave no inch of ground save to leap from side to side in avoiding my downward strokes

In a twinkling armed and mounted men were all about us

Old Marvin had his cross bow ready drawn, and he shot young Montalvan through the face at the very first onset

Hard we rode, indeed, and with little mercy on our mounts

The water at the ford was filled with mounted men and bullock carts, laden with spoil and making their difficult way through the swift flowing current

The leader had his great sword thrust aside by Cedric's bow, then was seized about the waist and hurled to the rocks below

Both were red of face with hurry, and their horses were well lathered and breathing hard

Then with loud menaces I drove him to the wall where I made him stand with hands above his head

Sir Cedric rose to his feet and for a moment looked from one to the other of our company

With a mighty shout, we rode down upon the bridge, trusting all to the darkness and the fury of our attack

CHAPTER I THE SIEGE OF CASTLE MOUNTJOY

That was a blithe spring morning when the messenger from the King brought to my father the order to join the army at Lincoln for the great expedition into Scotland. Six armored knights with their squires and a hundred men at arms made up the Mountjoy quota; and these my father, liege lord of the domain and loyal subject of the crown, lost no time in bringing together.

Messengers, on horseback and afoot hurried out with his commands; and at the castle we were all in a pretty flurry of making ready.

The armorers were hammering and riveting in the courtyard, making a most merry din; the big ox carts lumbered in over the drawbridge, bearing meat and grain for my father's company while on its way to the assembly ground and for us who were to remain at Mountjoy; and our men in their leathern jackets and hoods and with their cross bows slung on their backs were coming in by ones and twos and in groups of half a score... Continue reading book >>




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