Lives of the Princesses of England, from the Norman Conquest, Volumen 3

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Longman, Brown, Green, Longman, & Roberts, 1857
 

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Página 256 - ... became themselves victims to their avarice and lived not to enjoy their extorted gain. Propriety and decorum were extinguished among the helpless sick. Females of rank seemed to forget their natural bashfulness, and committed the care of their persons, indiscriminately, to men and women of the lowest order. No longer were women, relatives or friends, found in the house of mourning, to share the grief of the survivors - no longer was the corpse accompanied to the grave by...
Página 423 - You shall not need none such to call, Good father Stanley, hearken to me What my father, King Edward, that king royal, Did for my sister, my Lady Wells, and me : He sent for a scrivener to lusty London, He was the best in that citty ; He taught us both to write and read full soon, If it please you, full soon you shall see : Lauded be God, I had such speed, That I can write as well as he, And also indite and full well read, And that (Lord) soon shall you see, Both English and alsoe French, And also...
Página 256 - Seldom was the body followed by even ten or twelve attendants ; and instead of the usual bearers and sextons, mercenaries of the lowest of the populace undertook the office for the sake of gain ; and accompanied by only a few priests, and often without a single taper, it was borne to the very nearest church, and lowered into the first grave that was not already too full to receive it. Among the middling classes, and especially among the poor, the misery was still greater. Poverty or negligence induced...
Página 256 - Thus it was that one citizen fled from another - a neighbour from his neighbours - a relation from his relations; and in the end, so completely had terror extinguished every kindlier feeling, that the brother forsook the brother the sister the sister - the wife her husband; and at last, even the parent his own offspring, and abandoned them, unvisited and unsoothed, to their fate.
Página 255 - the hearts of all the inhabitants were closed to feelings of humanity. They fled from the sick and all that belonged to them, hoping by these means to save themselves. Others shut themselves up in their houses, with their wives, their children and households, living on the most costly food, but carefully avoiding all excess. None were allowed access to them; no intelligence of death or sickness was permitted to reach their ears; and they spent their time in singing and music, and other pastimes....
Página 256 - ... corpses of those who had died of the plague. " Others carried their precaution still further, and thought the surest way to escape death was by flight. They therefore left the city ; women as well as men abandoning their dwellings and their relations, and retiring into the country. But of these also many were carried off, most of them alone and deserted by all the world, themselves having previously set the example. Thus it was that one citizen fled from another, a neighbor from his neighbors,...
Página 255 - ... they were unable to attend to their duties ; so that thenceforth every one acted as he thought proper. Others, in their mode of living, chose a middle course. They ate and drank what they pleased, and walked abroad, carrying odoriferous flowers, herbs, or spices, which they smelt...
Página 256 - ... and singing psalms, nor was it borne along by other citizens of equal rank. Many breathed their last without a friend to soothe their dying pillow ; and few, indeed, were they who departed amid the lamentations and tears of their friends and kindred. Instead of sorrow and mourning, appeared indifference, frivolity, and mirth ; this being considered, especially by the females, as conducive to health.
Página 255 - None were allowed access to them; no intelligence of death or sickness was permitted to reach their ears; and they spent their time in singing and music, and other pastimes. Others, on the contrary, considered eating and drinking to excess, amusements of all descriptions, the indulgence of every gratification, and an indifference to what was passing around them, as the best medicine, and acted accordingly. They wandered day and night from one tavern to another, and feasted without moderation or bounds....
Página 268 - ... reanimate her friends and soldiers; showing them a young child, called John, after his father, she said, " Oh, gentlemen, do not be cast down by what we have suffered through the loss of my lord: he was but one man. Look at my little child, here: if it please God, he shall be his restorer, and shall do you much service. I have plenty of wealth, which I will distribute among you, and will seek out for such a leader, as may give you a proper confidence.

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