The king; a study in the "Chansons de geste"

9781236122421: The king; a study in the

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 Excerpt: ...-'Non fairai voir,' ce li a dit Pepins; 'Ja n'en auroiz, ne argent, ne' or fin De vostre terre n'ai soin de retenir.'-'Ce poise moi certes,' ce dit Sarins. Que vos avez la grant terre saisi Hernaut l'enfant et son frere Gerin. Ce est pechiez, car il sont vo cosin.'-'Taissiez ester, Vaxax,' ce dit Pepins: 'Ne vos, ne ax ne pris un angevin." Sarins respont: 'Trop par-avez mal dit; kais par l'apostre que quierent pelerin, En autre point me verroiz revertir; Et je m'en vois la o je fui norris. Je ne cuidoie vers vos ma foi mentir; Tote la terre que vos tolez Gerin R'auroie-je malgre mes anemis.'-'Par Deu, Dan rois,' dit li dus Auberis, 'Je cult tu as tele verge coilli Dont tu 3eras et batus, et laidis.' Garin le Loherain 4233-428l. This custom of giving away fiefs to their favorites was very common among the Capetian kings and caused them endless trouble. On page 64 of "Li Romans de Garin le Loherain" we read: "Un riche don l'emperes li fist; Tote Gascoigni li dona a tenir." As all the fiefs had been divided up long ago, this new partition could not be made without robbing some one of his rightful inheritance. This is the accusation brought a-gainst Pepin in the quotation.just cited. The rebellion of Garin is to be expected and in fact we sympathize with him. The bold statement of his is that of a man who feels himself to be ill treated by an unjust king; and that the king is unjust seems to me to be emphasized throughout. The keen and cutting remark of the duke Aubery puts in strong and unmistakable language the weakness of the king in enforcing his desire. Also it seems to me to be a tacit admitting of the unjust position of Pepin. But this is not the only place where the king is defied and his pow-erlessness spoken of.-"'Sainte ...

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