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Via Crucis

F. Marion Crawford

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .in a stable at the other end of the castle-yard during the rest of the day. The springing turf was kept fresh even in summer's drought by the deep shadows. The church wall, built of well-hewn blocks of stone, was flat and smooth, and was strengthened at regular intervals by buttresses springing straight up from the sloping penthouse of masonry, some two yards high. The interval between the last buttress and the wall of the palace made an admirable court, and, indeed, the tennis-courts of later days all seem to have been modelled upon just such corners of old church architecture. The wall of the palace was also smooth and almost without windows on that side. There was one on the lower floor, at a considerable distance from the corner, but the other was at least four or five yards from the ground, just above the point where Gilbert and Henry were playing, and was made in Norman fashion of two round arches springing from the rough-hewn capital of a small stone column between them. Gilbert. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Well written and generally edifying and entertaining. Of course one must keep in mind that this is a historical romance (in the proper, medieval sense of romance), historical fiction, so it frequently departs from what is known or what could reasonably be guessed from the historical record. King Lou