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The Lady of Loyalty House A Novel   By: (1860-1936)

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THE LADY OF LOYALTY HOUSE

A Novel

BY

JUSTIN HUNTLY McCARTHY

AUTHOR OF "MARJORIE" "THE PROUD PRINCE" ETC.

HARPER & BROTHERS PUBLISHERS NEW YORK AND LONDON 1904

Copyright, 1904, by HARPER & BROTHERS.

All rights reserved. Published October, 1904.

AD SILVIAM

Take for our lady's loyal sake This vagrant tale of mine, Where Cavalier and Roundhead break A reed for Right Divine, A tale it pleasured me to make, And most to make it thine.

The Solemn Muse that watches o'er The actions of the great, And bids this Venturer to soar, And that to stand and wait, Will swear she never heard before The deeds that I relate.

But all is true for me and you, Though History denies; I know thy Royal Standard flew Against autumnal skies, And find thy rarest, bravest blue In Brilliana's eyes.

J. H. McC. August 10, 1904.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

PROLOGUE 1 I. THE STRANGER AT THE GATES 4 II. HARBY 16 III. MY LORD THE LADY 26 IV. THE LEAGUER OF HARBY 33 V. A MONSTROUS REGIMENT 40 VI. HOW WILL ALL END? 49 VII. MISTRESS AND MAN 56 VIII. THE ENVOY 62 IX. HOW THE SIEGE WAS RAISED 73 X. PRISONER OF WAR 82 XI. AT BAY 90 XII. A USE FOR A PRISONER 99 XIII. A GILDED CAGE 110 XIV. A PASSAGE AT ARMS 120 XV. MY LADY'S PLEASAUNCE 129 XVI. A PURITAN APPRAISED 138 XVII. SET A KNAVE TO CATCH A KNAVE 149 XVIII. SERVING THE KING 156 XIX. SIR BLAISE PAYS HIS RESPECTS 165 XX. SIR BLAISE PAYS HIS PENALTY 180 XXI. A PUZZLING PURITAN 188 XXII. MASTER PAUL AND MASTER PETER 203 XXIII. A DAY PASSES 212 XXIV. A HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE 223 XXV. ROMEO AND JULIET 235 XXVI. RESURRECTION 249 XXVII. THE KING'S IMAGE 256 XXVIII. LOVER AND LOVER 266 XXIX. THE KING MAKES A FRIEND 273 XXX. RUFUS PROPOSES 281 XXXI. HALFMAN DISPOSES 286 EPILOGUE 296

THE LADY OF LOYALTY HOUSE

PROLOGUE

In the October of 1642 there came to Cambridge a man from over seas. He was travelling backward, after the interval of a generation, through the stages of his youth. From his landing at the port whence he had sailed so many years before in chase of fortune he came to London, where he had bustled and thundered as a stage player. Here he found a new drama playing in a theatre that took a capital city for its cockpit. He observed, sinister and diverted, for a while, and, being an adaptable man, shifted his southern colored garments, over blue, over red, over yellow in their seafaring way, for the sombre gray surcharged with solemn black. A translated man, if not a changed man, he journeyed to the university town of his stormy student hours, and there the black in his habit deepened at the expense of the gray. In the quadrangle of Sidney Sussex College he meditated much on the changes that had come about since the days when Sidney Sussex had expelled him, very peremptorily, from her gates. The college herself had altered greatly since his day... Continue reading book >>




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