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Tales from the Lands of Nuts and Grapes

Spanish and Portuguese Folklore

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Author: Various Authors
Published: 1888
Language: English
Wordcount: 36,942 / 110 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 69.3
LoC Categories: GR, PQ
Downloads: 6,116
Added to site: 2010.03.04 26870

The Ingenious Student
The Ugly Princess
The Wolf-Child
The Magic Mirror
The Black Slave
A Legend of St. Bartholomew
The White Cat of Ecija
The Church Auctioneer And Clown of Villar
The Wise King of Leon
The Cobbler of Burgos
Barbara, the Grazier's Wife
The Watchful Servant
Silver Bells
King Robin
The Wicked King
The Palace of the Enchanted Moors
The Seven Pigeons
Lady Clare
Good St. James, and the Merry Barber of Compostella
Elvira, the Sainted Princess
The Enchanted Mule

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The barber at this harangue became so infuriated that he rushed blindly at the cobbler, and with his razor would have severed his head from the rest of his body, but that he was prevented by the guard, who held him down.

"Executioner, do your work!" cried the baffled king; and at one blow the head of the unfortunate barber rolled on the ground.

Prince Alanbam seeing this, and fearing that more mischief might ensue, proposed to the king that one hundred knights should be chosen, and that these should fight for the hand of the lovely Princess Altamira. "I myself will enter the lists," said the prince; "and the survivor will be rewarded by marrying your daughter."

"That is a good idea," said the king; and calling together ninety-nine of his best knights, he bade them fight valiantly, for their reward was very precious.

Fifty knights, mounted on beautiful chargers, placed themselves on one side, and were opposed by forty-nine equally well-mounted knights and Prince Alanb



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