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Fair Margaret   By: (1856-1925)

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FAIR MARGARET

By

H. RIDER HAGGARD

Author of "King Solomons Mines" "She" "Jess" etc.

WITH 15 ILLUSTRATIONS BY J. R. SKELTON

London: HUTCHINSON & CO. Paternoster Row 1907.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I HOW PETER MET THE SPANIARD

CHAPTER II JOHN CASTELL

CHAPTER III PETER GATHERS VIOLETS

CHAPTER IV LOVERS DEAR

CHAPTER V CASTELL'S SECRET

CHAPTER VI FAREWELL

CHAPTER VII NEWS FROM SPAIN

CHAPTER VIII D'AGUILAR SPEAKS

CHAPTER IX THE SNARE

CHAPTER X THE CHASE

CHAPTER XI THE MEETING ON THE SEA

CHAPTER XII FATHER HENRIQUES

CHAPTER XIII THE ADVENTURE OF THE INN

CHAPTER XIV INEZ AND HER GARDEN

CHAPTER XV PETER PLAYS A PART

CHAPTER XVI BETTY SHOWS HER TEETH

CHAPTER XVII THE PLOT

CHAPTER XVIII THE HOLY HERMANDAD

CHAPTER XIX BETTY PAYS HER DEBTS

CHAPTER XX ISABELLA OF SPAIN

CHAPTER XXI BETTY STATES HER CASE

CHAPTER XXII THE DOOM OF JOHN CASTELL

CHAPTER XXIII FATHER HENRIQUES AND THE BAKER'S OVEN

CHAPTER XXIV THE FALCON STOOPS

CHAPTER XXV HOW THE MARGARET WON OUT TO SEA

ENVOI

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS;

"A DOVE, COMRADES! A DOVE!"

CASTELL DECLARES HIMSELF A JEW

"YOU MEAN THAT YOU WISH TO MURDER ME"

MARGARET APPEARED DESCENDING THE BROAD OAK STAIRS

IN ANOTHER MOMENT THAT STEEL WOULD HAVE PIERCED HIS HEART

THE GALE CAUGHT HIM AND BLEW HIM TO AND FRO

"LADY," HE SAID, "THIS IS NO DEED OF MINE"

A CRUEL LOOKING KNIFE AND A NAKED ARM PROJECTED THROUGH THE PANELLING

"MY NAME IS INEZ. YOU WANDER STILL, SEÑOR"

"THERE ARE OTHERS WHERE THEY CAME FROM"

"TO DAY I DARE TO HOPE THAT IT MAY BE OTHERWISE"

"WAY! MAKE WAY FOR THE MARCHIONESS OF MORELLA!"

"I CUT HIM DOWN, AND BY MISFORTUNE KILLED HIM"

"WE ARE PLAYERS IN A STRANGE GAME, MY LADY MARGARET"

"YOU WILL HAVE TO FIGHT ME FIRST, PETER"

FAIR MARGARET

CHAPTER I

HOW PETER MET THE SPANIARD

It was a spring afternoon in the sixth year of the reign of King Henry VII. of England. There had been a great show in London, for that day his Grace opened the newly convened Parliament, and announced to his faithful people who received the news with much cheering, since war is ever popular at first his intention of invading France, and of leading the English armies in person. In Parliament itself, it is true, the general enthusiasm was somewhat dashed when allusion was made to the finding of the needful funds; but the crowds without, formed for the most part of persons who would not be called upon to pay the money, did not suffer that side of the question to trouble them. So when their gracious liege appeared, surrounded by his glittering escort of nobles and men at arms, they threw their caps into the air, and shouted themselves hoarse.

The king himself, although he was still young in years, already a weary looking man with a fine, pinched face, smiled a little sarcastically at their clamour; but, remembering how glad he should be to hear it who still sat upon a somewhat doubtful throne, said a few soft words, and sending for two or three of the leaders of the people, gave them his royal hand, and suffered certain children to touch his robe that they might be cured of the Evil. Then, having paused a while to receive petitions from poor folk, which he handed to one of his officers to be read, amidst renewed shouting he passed on to the great feast that was made ready in his palace of Westminster.

Among those who rode near to him was the ambassador, de Ayala, accredited to the English Court by the Spanish sovereigns, Ferdinand and Isabella, and his following of splendidly attired lords and secretaries. That Spain was much in favour there was evident from his place in the procession. How could it be otherwise, indeed, seeing that already, four years or more before, at the age of twelve months, Prince Arthur, the eldest son of the king, had been formally affianced to the Infanta Catherine, daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella, aged one year and nine months? For in those days it was thought well that the affections of princes and princesses should be directed early into such paths as their royal parents and governors considered likely to prove most profitable to themselves... Continue reading book >>




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