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The Proud Prince   By: (1860-1936)

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THE PROUD PRINCE

BY

JUSTIN HUNTLY McCARTHY

AUTHOR OF "MARJORIE" "IF I WERE KING" ETC.

ILLUSTRATED

NEW YORK R. H. RUSSELL 1903

Copyright, 1903, by HARPER & BROTHERS.

All rights reserved.

Published October, 1903.

[Illustration: "'I LOVE THE MAN'" See p. 276]

DEDICATED

TO

E. H. SOTHERN

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. FAIR MAID AND FOUL FOOL 1

II. THE COMING OF THE KING 28

III. ROBERT OF SICILY 46

IV. THE HUNTER 71

V. LYCABETTA 89

VI. THE ARCHANGEL 99

VII. DISCROWNED, DISHONORED 118

VIII. PAGAN AND CHRISTIAN 128

IX. THE LILY OF SICILY 150

X. THE TWO VOICES 164

XI. GLAMOUR 177

XII. IN SYRACUSE 194

XIII. THE CHURCH BY THE SEA 201

XIV. THE EXILES 213

XV. THE HUNTER'S VOICE 223

XVI. THE CALL OF THE BELL 232

XVII. IN THE ARENA 247

XVIII. ORDEAL OF BATTLE 264

XIX. ROBERT THE RIGHTEOUS 271

ILLUSTRATIONS

"'I LOVE THE MAN'" Frontispiece

PERPETUA AND DIOGENES THE FOOL Facing p. 14

PERPETUA " 36

KING ROBERT OF SICILY " 50

"ROBERT CAUGHT HER OUTSTRETCHED HANDS" " 78

"'I AM ROBERT OF SICILY'" " 86

"PERPETUA MOVED SLOWLY TOWARDS HIM" " 180

"ROBERT, SWINGING THE CROSS, WITH ONE BLOW BEAT HIM TO THE GROUND" " 244

THE PROUD PRINCE

I

FAIR MAID AND FOUL FOOL

The girl stood on the summit of the hill looking down the white highway that stretched to Syracuse. The morning sun shone hotly; sky and sea and earth seemed to kindle and quicken in the ecstasy of heat, setting free spirits of air and earth and water, towards whom the girl's spirit stirred in sympathy. All about her beauty flamed luxuriant. At her feet the secrets of the world were written in wild flowers, the wild flowers of Sicily, which redeem the honor of the wellnigh flowerless land of Greece. All about her the ground flushed with such color as never yet was woven on a Persian loom or blended in a wizard's diadem. The gold and silver of great daisies gleamed in the grass; pimpernel blue and red, mallow red and white, yellow spurge and green mignonette, blue borage and pink asphodel and parti colored convolvulus, snap dragon and marigold, violet and dandelion, and that crimson flower which shepherds call Pig's Face and poets call Beard of Jove for its golden change in autumn all these and a thousand other children of the spring lay at the girl's feet and carpeted her kingdom. But the girl was more beautiful than all the flowers.

The spot where the girl stood was as fair a spot as any in Sicily. Behind her on the fringe of the thick mountain pine wood the blue tiled dome of a Saracenic mosque glowed like a great turquoise in the midst of the amber tinted pillars of a ruined Grecian temple. In front of her, on a little hill, stood the beautiful Norman church that Robert the King had erected there on the highest point of his kingdom in gratitude for his son's recovery from sickness, a miracle of austere strength and comeliness, with its great bronze image in a niche by the door of the Archangel Michael, all armored, with his hands resting on the hilt of his drawn sword... Continue reading book >>




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