Our Little Norman Cousin of Long Ago by Evaleen Stein, John Goss

By Evaleen Stein, John Goss

A narrative of Normandy throughout William the Conqueror, giving a brilliant photo of manners and customs during the eyes of 2 boys of the court docket. Describes fort existence, gown, amusements, education for knighthood, and different elements of feudal existence. additionally relates tales of William's early days, in addition to stories of his Northmen forefathers, Duke Robert the significant, Little Duke Richard, and Rolf the Ganger. compatible for a long time eight and up.

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They must learn other outdoor things as well; how to run and leap and swim and shoot with bow and arrow, and all kinds of exercises to make them strong and manly. " said Blanchette, gazing with Marie at the man climbing on foot the path ahead of them. He wore a dark tunic and a curiously fringed mantle of flame color; on his head was a gay cap and feather, and on one leg his hose was sky-blue and the other deep green. Over his shoulder, hanging by a ribbon, was a musical instrument with a few strings and shaped much like a harp.

CHAPTER IV Blanchette and Marie THE next morning Alan, Henri, and the other pages helped to straighten up the hall by picking up form the floor the straw-filled mattresses on which they had slept, and while they were busy with this Lady Gisla took the little girls down to the lowest story of the keep where there was a storehouse for food. Here, with the keys hanging from her girdle, she unlocked bins and closets, giving out to the cooks supplies for the day, while Blanchette and Marie watched all she did.

Those leaves you think so pretty, Marie, are from the fever-few herb," said lady Gisla, "and are very good to make medicine for persons ill of fever. " So taking up the herbs one by one, Lady Gisla explained their uses in curing illness and how they must be prepared. Some were to be dried, some boiled and the juice carefully kept, while of still others the leaves and roots must be pounded fine and steeped in various ways. Blanchette and Marie listened attentively, for they knew that when they grew up they would be expected to know how to attend their families or friends if they fell ill.

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