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A Legend of the Rhine

By Thackeray, William Makepeace

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Title: A Legend of the Rhine  
Author: Thackeray, William Makepeace
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Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Classic Literature Collection
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Thackeray, W. M. (n.d.). A Legend of the Rhine. Retrieved from http://www.ebooklibrary.org/


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It was in the good old days of chivalry, when every mountain that bathes its shadow in the Rhine had its castle: not inhabited, as now, by a few rats and owls, nor covered with moss and wallflowers, and funguses, and creeping ivy. No, no! where the ivy now clusters there grew strong portcullis and bars of steel; where the wallflower now quivers in the rampart there were silken banners embroidered with wonderful heraldry; men-at-arms marched where now you shall only see a bank of moss or a hideous black champignon; and in place of the rats and owlets, I warrant me there were ladies and knights to revel in the great halls, and to feast, and to dance, and to make love there. They are passed away:—those old knights and ladies: their golden hair first changed to silver, and then the silver dropped off and disappeared for ever; their elegant legs, so slim and active in the dance, became swollen and gouty, and then, from being swollen and gouty, dwindled down to bare bone- shanks; the roses left their cheeks, and then their cheeks disappeared, and left their skulls, and then their skulls powdered into dust, and all sign of them was gone. And as it was with them, so shall it be with us. Ho, seneschal! fill me a cup of liquor! put sugar in it, good fellow —yea, and a little hot water; a very little, for my soul is sad, as I think of those days and knights of old.

Table of Contents
· CHAPTER I. SIR LUDWIG OF HOMBOURG. · CHAPTER II. THE GODESBERGERS. · CHAPTER III. THE FESTIVAL. · CHAPTER IV. THE FLIGHT. · CHAPTER V. THE TRAITOR'S DOOM. · CHAPTER VI. THE CONFESSION. · CHAPTER VII. THE SENTENCE. · CHAPTER VIII. THE CHILDE OF GODESBERG. · CHAPTER IX. THE LADY OF WINDECK. · CHAPTER X. THE BATTLE OF THE BOWMEN. · CHAPTER XI. THE MARTYR OF LOVE. · CHAPTER XII. THE CHAMPION. · CHAPTER XIII. THE MARRIAGE.

 

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