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Стр. 74 - The task was difficult, to an lie: but the spirit and determination of the king did not quail before the gigantic undertaking. The authority of the Church was almost unlimited; her riches were enormous, and her dependants innumerable. The legate of the Pope had, in fact, more power than the king; and the sagacity of Henry soon showed him that openly to defy a body which could answer that defiance by an appeal to Rome to hurl her thunders at his head, was not the way to establish his authority. So...
Стр. 8 - His nose was high and straight, and his mouth and chin well cat and defined, and expressive of great firmness. The foreign appearance of father Thomas might, in some degree, be accounted for by the fact of his mother having been born in the east, but he himself was a native of England. Much care was already written upon that brow, although the prior was still a young man ; but ambition is a wearing passion, and no gown of serge or shirt of hair ever covered a breast more madly heaving with ambitious...
Стр. 8 - ... himself was a native of England. Much care was already written upon that brow, although the prior was still a young man ; but ambition is a wearing passion, and no gown of serge or shirt of hair ever covered a breast more madly heaving with ambitious hope than did that which enveloped the tall and supple form of the Prior of Severnstoke. None could behold in him the mere ordinary mortal, nor could his holy garb thoroughly endue him with the meek and lowly air befitted to his calling. " There...
Стр. 269 - Sproat, proclaimed with his solemn 0 yes ! that a court is opened for the administration of even-handed justice, to the poor as well as to the rich, to the guilty and the innocent, without respect of persons, none to be punished without a trial by their peers, and then in pursuance of law...
Стр. 7 - ... to view a countenance not only regularly handsome, but striking and picturesque. His forehead was singularly high and broad, with masses of rich black hair curling closely around it ; the crown of the head alone being shaven. His eyes were very long, large, and dark, but always seemed half closed, perhaps from the constant habit of looking downwards. It was only in speaking that the velvet softness of their eastern hue could be perceived ; but when excited they flashed out with a brilliancy not...
Стр. 230 - ... to her that an angel of God came to her and stood before her, and looked at her with his shining face and his sad eyes. And he said, "Are you a woman, and yet slow to forgive ? Are you a mother, and have you no love for the father of your child ?" It seemed to her that she could not answer. She fell on her knees before him, and covered her face with her hands and wept. And when she raised her eyes again the angel was gone, and in his place Ingram was there, stretching out his hand to her and...
Стр. 284 - Rising from his seat, and drawing himself up to his full height, he looked round with an air of compassion upon the agonized crowd gathered before him, in which almost all the barons were included.
Стр. 8 - Norman knight, though tempered down to strict outward decorum, for very careful was the holy fathcrof his earthly reputation. Through it he had attained 'his present position, but he had still much to gain. To rise to the highest honours is the natural wish of every aspiring nature, the dream of every ambitious mind ; but with him it was more than a desire, more than a dream, it was a determination. He felt that the destiny of man lies mainly in the will of man, and to work out the dictates of that...
Стр. 185 - At these delightful words Violet threw herself on her knees, and raising her hands and eyes to heaven in a transport of pious gratitude exclaimed : ' My God—my God, I thank thee !' Then starting up she went to prepare the refreshments; and when the commissioners were seated, she was all gaiety, all alacrity, filling their glasses, and doing the honours of the house with a grace and attention that...

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