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With Spurs of Gold Heroes of Chivalry and their Deeds   By: (1850-1921)

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[Illustration: "'Ah, my ill starred blade!' he cried; 'no longer may I be thy guardian!'" Frontispiece ]

With Spurs of Gold

Heroes of Chivalry and Their Deeds

By

Frances Nimmo Greene

and

Dolly Williams Kirk

Boston Little, Brown, and Company 1928

Copyright, 1905, BY LITTLE, BROWN, AND COMPANY

All rights reserved

PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

PREFACE

These brief historical sketches were written primarily for young people, though it is hoped that some older readers may find pleasure in renewing their acquaintance with heroes of chivalry whose names are familiar still, but whose deeds are recalled to mind but vaguely.

It is the purpose of the book to enliven the study of history by giving the romantic details omitted in text books, and to enable the readers to form a more vivid and lifelike conception of the great men with whom it deals and the turbulent and picturesque times in which they lived.

The endeavor of the authors has been to narrate events and portray character accurately and impartially, but in the sympathetic spirit that recognizes the wide difference between modern standards of conduct and the ideals of the Middle Ages, the spirit that strives to depict vividly and adequately the fine, strong virtues and great deeds that won for these knights the unbounded admiration of their own age, rather than to dwell upon those traits and acts that are justly condemned by the finer moral sense of the twentieth century. Emphasis is laid upon the noble in character and deed rather than the ignoble, on the great rather than the little.

In the preparation of the book many histories, chronicles, and legends have been consulted, and it is hoped that a fair degree of accuracy has been attained where the narrative belongs to the domain of history. The stories of Roland and the Cid, of course, are largely legendary, and there is evidently a considerable admixture of fiction in the contemporary accounts of Godfrey and Richard. The authors have endeavored to follow recognized historical authority closely when practicable; but historians differ so widely among themselves that it is often impossible to determine which version of events is most reliable. No important fact has been stated without good historical authority, but one or two minor incidents of Godfrey's life and crusade were taken from Tasso's "Jerusalem Delivered." In the treatment of a few unimportant events, some imaginative details and circumstances strictly in harmony with the meagre historical record of facts have been added to give color and interest to the narrative. Also in several instances where the subject matter of a conversation or speech is purely legendary, or is given by historians in the third person, it has been put in the first person in order to render the story livelier and more vivid. No other liberties have been taken with facts as related by historians of learning and repute.

CONTENTS

PAGE

INTRODUCTORY xi

"THIS IS THE RULE FOR THE GALLANT KNIGHT" 1

A STEED! A STEED! 3

ROLAND AND OLIVER 7

THE CID RODRIGO DIAZ DE BIVAR 51

THE CID'S WEDDING 84

GODFREY AND THE FIRST CRUSADE 89

THE TROUBADOUR 139

THE CARRIER DOVE 140

THE CAPTIVE KNIGHT 141

RICHARD COEUR DE LION 145

RICHARD'S LAMENT 196

THE LAST CRUSADER 198

THE CHEVALIER BAYARD 203

SIR PHILIP SIDNEY 255

SIDNEY IN TOURNAMENT 291

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

"'Ah, my ill starred blade!' he cried; 'no longer may I be thy guardian!'" Frontispiece

The Knighting of the Cid Page 59

"'Look, my lord, my dear lord! the hound hath found water!' cried Sigier" " 109

"There for months he was kept a close prisoner, loaded with chains" " 190

"As Bayard lay thus, there was hardly an officer among the Spanish who did not come to speak kindly to him" " 251

Sir Philip Sidney and Penelope Devereux " 266

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