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The mayden redies hir ful rath ",
perry and of precious stones. Sho talde him al how he fold do Whan that he come the lady to.
z In another part of this romance, a knight is dressed by a lady.
A damisel come unto me,
scho was trew and renablef, And of her femblant & soft and stabile; Ful fain I wald", if that I might, Have woned i with that swete wight.
In Morte ARTHUR, fir Launcelot going into a nunnery is unarmed in the abbess's chamber. B. xiii. ch. i. In Morte ARTHUR, fix Galahad is disarmed, and cloathed " in a cote of red sendall and a “ mantell furred with fyne ERMYNES, &c.” B. xiii, ch. i. In the British LAY or romance, of LAUNVAL (MSS. Cott. VesPAS. B. 14. 1.) we have,
Un cher mantel de BLANCHE ÉRMINE,
purpre Alexandrine. There is a statute, made in 1337, prohi.
biting any under 100l. per annum, to wear fur. I suppose the richest fur was Ermine; which, before the manufactures of gold and filver, was the greatest article of finery in dress. But it continued in use long after. wards, as appears by antient portraits. In the Statutes of Cardinal Wolsey's College at Oxford, given in the year 1525, the ftudents are enjoned, “Ne magis pretiosis
aut sumptuofis utantur pellIBUS.” De Vestitu, &c. fol. 49. MSS. Cott. Tit. F. iii. This injunction is a proof that rich furs were at that time a luxury of the secular life. In an old poem written in the reign of Henry the fixth, about 1436, entitled the ENGLISH POlicie, exhorting all England to keepe the sea, a curious and valuable record of the state of our traffick and mercantile navigation at that period, it appears that our trade with Ireland, for furs only, was then very considerable. Speaking of Ireland, the writer says,
- Martens goode been her marchandie,
fare. See Hacklvyt's Volages, Vol. i. p. 199. edit. 1598.
At the facking of a town in Normandy, Froissart says, " There was founde so “ moche rycheffe, that the boyes and vyl.
laynes of the hoofte sette nothynge by goode FURRED gownes,” Berners's Transl. tom. i. fol. lx. a.
2 Lovelier lived. b Courteously the. ¢ Border,
e Two. f Reasonable. & Look. o Would.
He is conducted to her chamber.
Bot zit fir Ywayne had grete drede,
; The chamber, flore, and als the bed, With klothes of gold was al over spread ..
· In the manners of romance, it was not any indelicacy for a lady to pay amorous courtship to a knight. Thus in Davie's Geste of ALEXANDER, written in 1312, queen Candace openly endeavours to win Alexander to her love. MS. penes me, p. 271. [Cod. Hospit.Linc. 150.) She shews Alexander, not only her palace, but her bed-chamber,
Quoth the quene, Go we now myn efteris to seone? : Oure mete fchol, thar bytweone 6, Ygraithed and redy beone Scheo o ladde him to an halle of nobleys, 'Then he dude of his harneys' ; Of Troye was ther men 8 the storyeh How Gregoys i had the victorye : Theo bemes ther weore k of bras, Theo wyndowes weoren of riche glas!: Theo pinnes “ weore of ivorye. The king went with the ladye, Himself alone, from bour to bour, And syze a much riche tresour, Gold and feolver, and preciouse stones, Baudekyns made for the nones P,
Mantellis, robes, and pavelounes 9,
faucon' is anothir.
. To see my apartments.
& For aber men, read therein, as MS, LAUD, I. 74. Bibl. Bodl.
b The story of Troy was in the tapestry, or painted on the walls of the hall,
i Creeks, k The rafters were. | Painted glass. m Of the wiodowe, * Saw. • Rich clothes.
p That is for the occasion. So the painting or tapestry, before mentioned, representing the Greeks pictorious, was in compliment to Alexander,
4 Pavilions. i Stores. r She. · Knew, t She, u Stede. Lodging: w The furniture. * None like it. y Believe, 2 Them. a Imagery. b Figure. c Wouldeft not.
Like. • Dear Brother, or Friend.
As onc faulcon. In MSS, LAUD. I. 174. ut fupr. it is peny, for faulcon.
After this interview, she is reconciled to him, as he only in self-defence had flain her husband, and the promises him marriage.
Than hastily sho went to Hall,
They agree to the marriage.
Than the lady went ogayne
We walde that thai war trowth plight,
Deis. The high-table. In the Geste OF ALEXANDER we have the phrase of holding the deis, MS. ut fupr.p. 45.
There was gynnyng a new feste,
Alifaundre HELD THE DESE.
w Opinion. Word. It is of extensive fignification, EMARE, MS. ut fupr.
I have herd minstrelles syng in saw.
Al afsented hyr untill".