When Knights Were Bold

When Knights Were Bold

by Eva March Tappan
     
 

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This early work by Eva March Tappan was originally published in 1911 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. 'When Knights Were Bold' is an educational book on the intricate history of the Middle Ages, detailing the life and habits of thought of people who lived between the eighth and fifteenth centuries. Eva March Tappan was born on

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This early work by Eva March Tappan was originally published in 1911 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. 'When Knights Were Bold' is an educational book on the intricate history of the Middle Ages, detailing the life and habits of thought of people who lived between the eighth and fifteenth centuries. Eva March Tappan was born on 26th December 1854, in Blackstone, Massachusetts, United States. Tappan began her literary career writing about famous characters from history in works such as 'In the Days of William the Conqueror' (1901), and 'In the Days of Queen Elizabeth' (1902). She then developed an interest in children's books, writing her own and publishing collections of classic tales.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781463697556
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
07/06/2011
Pages:
190
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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CHAPTER III Jousts And Tournaments After the young squire had become a knight, he sometimes remained in the castle of his lord for a time or he went back to his father's home. In either case life must have seemed a little tame after all the excitement of entering knighthood. It is no wonder that he was eager to go out into the world to try his new armor and do honor to his lady by his deeds of valor. There were several ways in which a knight might prove his worthiness to enter chivalry. The simplest was to mount his horse and ride out in quest of adventures. His bright shining armor was protected from rain and he himself from heat by his unsoiled surcoat. Behind him rode his squire, carrying his master's shield and helmet and an armful of lances. The squire was not always a rash, hot-headed young fellow by any means. A man could hardly maintain knighthood properly without a generous income, and many a squire who was fully qualified to enter the ranks of the knights never went beyondthe second grade in chivalry. It was well for the venturesome knight errant, or wandering knight, if his squire was some sturdy warrior of middle age who would sympathize with his master's thirst for gallant achievements, but would hold him back from foolish recklessness. The country was wild and rough. Deeds of violence were common, and the young knight might be fortunate enough to find an adventure ready made. He might discover that some maiden fair had been torn from her friends; and he could perhaps rescue her and restore her to them. He might stop at a friendly castle to spend the night and find that its lord would be glad of his aid to defend it against some expected attack of its enemies. Even ifall was peaceful, there might be a chance of a contest, or joust. When he appeared at the ga...

Meet the Author

Eva March Tappan (1854-1930) was a teacher and American author born in Blackstone, Massachusetts, the only child of Reverend Edmund March Tappan and Lucretia Logée. Eva graduated from Vassar College in 1875. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and an editor of the Vassar Miscellany. After leaving Vassar she began teaching at Wheaton College where she taught Latin and German from 1875 until 1880. From 1884-94 she was the Associate Principal at the Raymond Academy in Camden, New Jersey. She received graduate degrees in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania. Tappan was the head of the English department at the English High School at Worcester, Massachusetts. She began her literary career writing about famous characters in history and developed an interest in writing children books. Tappan never married.

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