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Tales from the Old French

By Butler, Isabel

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Title: Tales from the Old French  
Author: Butler, Isabel
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Classic Literature Collection
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The Lay of the Bird. Once upon a time, a hundred years and more agone, there lived a rich villein; his name I know not for certain, but he was rich as beseemeth a great lord in woodland, stream and meadow, and in whatsoever else longeth to a puissant man. And to tell you the sum thereof, his manor was so goodly no town, or burg, or castle hath its like, for to tell you true, in all the world is none other so fair and delectable; and if any were to show you its form and fashion, the tale would seem to you but fable, for none, methinketh, could ever make such a keep, or so mighty a tower. Round about it ran a river, encircling all the close, that the orchard, which was of great price, was all walled in by wood and water. Wise was the gentle knight who contrived it, but from him it went to his son, who sold it to this villein; so passed it from hand to hand: and wit ye well, an ill heir ofttimes bringeth thorpe and manor into dishonour.

Table of Contents
· The Lay of the Bird. · The Woful Knight. · The Two Lovers. · Eliduc. · Melion. · The Lay of the Horn. · The Divided Blanket. · Of the Churl Who Won Paradise. · The Gray Palfrey. · The Knight of the Little Cask. · The Angel and the Hermit. · The Jousting of Our Lady. · The Order of Chivalry.


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