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Via Crucis By F. Marion Crawford



  Categorie: Essay/Short nonfiction, Short Stories
  Author: F. Marion Crawford

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[Illustration: “SO GILBERT FIRST MET THE QUEEN”]

VIA CRUCIS

A Romance of the Second Crusade

BY

F. MARION CRAWFORD

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

“So Gilbert first met the Queen”

“Perhaps that is one reason why I like you”

“Crosses! Give us Crosses!”

Beatrix and Gilbert

“He … held, while earth and sky whirled with him”

The Knighting of Gilbert

“For a space Gilbert answered nothing”

The Way of the Cross

CHAPTER I

The sun was setting on the fifth day of May, in the year of our Lord’s grace eleven hundred and forty five. In the little garden between the outer wall of the manor and the moat of Stoke Regis Manor, a lady slowly walked along the narrow path between high rose bushes trained upon the masonry, and a low flower bed, divided into many little squares, planted alternately with flowers and sweet herbs on one side, and bordered with budding violets on the other. From the line where the flowers ended, spiked rushes grew in sharp disorder to the edge of the deep green water in the moat. Beyond the water stretched the close cropped sward; then came great oak trees, shadowy still in their spring foliage; and then, corn land and meadow land, in long, green waves of rising tilth and pasture, as far as a man could see.

The sun was setting, and the level rays reddened the lady’s golden hair, and fired the softness of her clear blue eyes. She walked with a certain easy undulation, in which there were both strength and grace; and though she could barely have been called young, none would have dared to say that she was past maturity.

 

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