This, one of the great works of fiction, is of historical value for its graphic picture of the Saxons and Normans in England after the Norman occupation of the land. The tournament at Ashby, the siege of Torquilstone, the trial of Rebecca, the Jewess,--these are a few incidents in this story "of the days of old When knights were bold." Robin Hood, under the name of Locksley the yeoman, appears as one of the characters.
well, and go to sleep, And I will lap thee with my cope, Softly to lye."
It would seem that the manuscript is here imperfect, for we do not find the reasons which finally induce the curtal Friar to amend the King's cheer. But acknowledging his guest to be such a "good fellow" as has seldom graced his board, the holy man at length produces the best his cell affords. Two candles are placed on a table, white bread and baked pasties are displayed by the light, besides choice of venison, both salt and fresh, from which they select collops. "I might have eaten my bread dry," said the King, "had I not pressed thee on the score of archery, but now have I dined like a prince---if we had but drink enow."
This too is afforded by the hospitable anchorite, who dispatches an assistant to fetch a pot of four gallons from a secret corner near his bed, and the whole three set in to serious drinking. This amusement is superintended by the Friar, according to the recurrence of certain fustian words, to be repeate
It's a Great Romance about Knights and Love and etc.
A delightful classic full of interesting comments and charismatic characters. Witty and fun.
Even I could give it 10 points, I would. Of course, an excellent mark!