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EC2
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Location: Nottingham UK
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Postby EC2 » Sat January 25th, 2014, 10:54 pm

Here you go: Richard having a justifiable whinge.

No man who's jailed can tell his purpose well
adroitly, as if he could feel no pain;
but to console him, he can write a song.
I've many friends, but all their gifts are poor;
they'd be ashamed to know for ransom now
two winters I've been jailed.

My men-at-arms and barons know full well;
the English, Normans, Gascons, Poitevins,
I've no companion, poor though he may be,
whom I'd abandon, leaving him in jail
and I don't say this merely to reproach
but still, I have been jailed.

Now I know well, and see with certainty,
that death holds neither friends nor relatives
when I'm released for silver or for gold
it's much for me and even more for mine,
for when I'm dead they'll greatly be reproached
if I for long am jailed.

It's no surprise if my heart's hurting me
because my father's torturing my land.
If he would but recall the oath we swore,
the one the two of us in common made
I know full well that in this place
I'd not so long be jailed.

While Angevin and Tourangeau are good,
these men-at-arms who now are well and rich,
but I am far from them, in other hands.
They loved me much, now love me not at all,
and now the plain is empty of their arms
and therefore I am jailed.

The company I loved añd still I love
all those of Caen and those of Percheraine,
tell me, O song, that they cannot be sure:
my heart is never false or vain to them.
If they make war on me, no villain would,
so long as I am jailed.
Les proz e les vassals
Souvent entre piez de chevals
Kar ja li coard n’I chasront

'The Brave and the valiant
Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'

Histoire de Guillaume le Mareschal

www.elizabethchadwick.com

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Misfit
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Location: Seattle, WA

Postby Misfit » Sat January 25th, 2014, 10:58 pm

Oh, thank you for that. Sounds prettier in the other language though.
At home with a good book and the cat...
...is the only place I want to be

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EC2
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Postby EC2 » Sun January 26th, 2014, 1:25 pm

"Misfit" wrote:Oh, thank you for that. Sounds prettier in the other language though.


It does indeed. It always makes me smile because it's a total rant wrapped up in beauty. The fist in the velvet glove.
Les proz e les vassals

Souvent entre piez de chevals

Kar ja li coard n’I chasront



'The Brave and the valiant
Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'


Histoire de Guillaume le Mareschal



www.elizabethchadwick.com

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Madeleine
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Currently reading: A Trail through Time by Jodi Taylor & Angel by L J Ross
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Postby Madeleine » Fri January 31st, 2014, 9:48 am

Alternating between Paris, 1909 in the winter, and modern day Louisiana.
Currently reading "A Trail through Time" by Jodi Taylor & "Angel" by L J Ross

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Madeleine
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Currently reading: A Trail through Time by Jodi Taylor & Angel by L J Ross
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Postby Madeleine » Fri February 21st, 2014, 8:17 pm

Alternating between Arkansas, and the seven kingdoms of Westeros - it's good to be back, I think!
Currently reading "A Trail through Time" by Jodi Taylor & "Angel" by L J Ross

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Misfit
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Location: Seattle, WA

Postby Misfit » Fri February 21st, 2014, 9:07 pm

Austria 1914. Feelings between Austria and Serbia are getting pretty tense...
At home with a good book and the cat...

...is the only place I want to be

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DianeL
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Postby DianeL » Sat February 22nd, 2014, 10:37 pm

Dearie me, Misfit - I hope nobody gets shot ...
"To be the queen, she agreed to be the widow!"

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Misfit
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Location: Seattle, WA

Postby Misfit » Sun February 23rd, 2014, 12:10 am

"DianeL" wrote:Dearie me, Misfit - I hope nobody gets shot ...


Well, at least one person did.
At home with a good book and the cat...

...is the only place I want to be

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Madeleine
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Currently reading: A Trail through Time by Jodi Taylor & Angel by L J Ross
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Postby Madeleine » Fri February 28th, 2014, 4:06 pm

Alternating between Scotland (north of Aberdeen, near Slains Castle) and various locations in Westeros, but ruined castles seem to feature a lot in both!
Currently reading "A Trail through Time" by Jodi Taylor & "Angel" by L J Ross

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Madeleine
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Currently reading: A Trail through Time by Jodi Taylor & Angel by L J Ross
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Postby Madeleine » Mon March 17th, 2014, 9:52 am

Still in Westeros (not sure where exactly) and Dorset.
Currently reading "A Trail through Time" by Jodi Taylor & "Angel" by L J Ross


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