By Theodora Kroeber

Frontis. + xi + 292 pp. with quite a few illus., octavo.

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And so began the married life which still continues as I write, and which I have never regretted since first we met in that far-off enchanted land. At the beginning of Advent I rode in my first foray against the wild Esclavons. These miserable creatures wander on foot in twos and threes, with no weapons save axe and dagger. If you catch them you can kill them without trouble; but they are very hard to catch, since they skip over the crags like goats.

She explained that these Gri— Romans were gentry, holding land by knight service with all the privileges of their rank. The richer among them came to the muster on good horses, carrying an iron mace instead of a lance; the rest served as mounted sergeants. She told me that in general they were loyal to their Frankish lords, who took much less from them in taxes than they used to pay to their Emperor; and that the vassals of Sir Geoffrey were exceptionally faithful, because he was a good lord who understood their customs and gave them justice.

In Lamorie we are always a bit behind the times, and there are not very many of us. All my household knights are sighing with hopeless love for the lady Melisande, as you know as well as I do. After the wedding they will go on sighing, and serve her with the usual declarations of devotion. I won't say it doesn't mean a thing; you never can tell. But remember that it may not mean a thing. Don't spoil the fun that your wife is used to, and don't go killing good Frankish knights because you see them wearing her favours.

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