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CHAPTER I. THE LITTLE COLOUR GRINDER T was a bright morning of early April, many hundred years ago; and through all the fields and meadows of Normandy the violets and cuckoo-buds were just beginning to peep through the tender green of the young grass. The rows of tall poplar-trees that everywhere, instead of fences, served to mark off the farms of the country folk, waved in the
Table of Contents
CONTENTS; OfAPTBTt ; I The Little Colour Grinder I; II Brother Stephen's Inspiration 19; III Gabriel Interviews the Abbot · 35; IV The Hour Book · 49; V The Count's Tax · 65; VI Gabriel's Praver · 74-; VII The Book Goes to Lady Anne · 89; Vll I Lady Anne Writes to the King 99; IX The King's Messenger 116; X Gabriel's Christmas 136; XI The King's Illuminator 162
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Relates the story of the making of an "hour book" as a wedding gift from King Louis of France to Lady Anne of Brittany and the good fortune it brought to little Gabriel, Brother Stephen's color grinder.
Inspired by the bunch of violets and cuckoo-buds Gabriel brings into the workroom, Brother Stephen conceives a new idea for an illuminated border. Instead of painting the border with scrolls and birds and flowers in the conventional way, he would decorate the book with borders of gold on which he would paint in realistic fashion the meadow wildflowers, and bees and butterflies, and all the little flying creatures. As Brother Stephen's color grinder, Gabriel makes the ink, grinds the gold, gathers the flowers, and prepares the colors for him. After the book is completed, Gabriel slips into the book a sheet on which he has penned a prayer to Lady Anne: "I, Gabriel Viaud, am Brother Stephen's colour-grinder; and I have made the ink for this book, and the glue, and caught the eels, and ground the gold and colours, and ruled the lines and gathered the flowers for the borders, and so I pray the Lord God will be kind and let my father out of prison in Count Pierre's castle, and tell Count Pierre to give us back our meadow and sheep, for we cannot pay the tax, and mother says we will starve." How his prayer is answered unfolds in the ensuing chapters.
Evaleen Stein brings the medieval world to life for younger students through her stories set in the Middle Ages. A century ago when this book was first published, a reviewer in the Louisville Daily Courier wrote, "No works in juvenile fiction contain so many of the elements that stir the hearts of children and grown-ups as well as do the stories so admirably told by this author."About the Author:
A native of Indiana, Evaleen Stein studied art at the Art Institute in Chicago, specializing in illumination and decorative design of manuscripts. Through her stories set in the Middle Ages, she brings the medieval world to life for younger students. In addition to Gabriel and the Hour Book, she also wrote A Little Shepherd of Provence, The Little Count of Normandy, Troubadour Tales, The Christmas Porringer, and Pepin: A Tale of Twelfth Night. She also authored a number of volumes in the "Our Little Cousin" series, including Our Little Crusader Cousin.
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Book Description Forgotten Books, 2010. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1440070466
Book Description Forgotten Books, 2010. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 200 pages. 9.00x6.00x0.46 inches. This item is printed on demand. Seller Inventory # zk1440070466