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Famous Homes of Great Britain and Their Stories (Paperback) Loot Price: R382
Discovery Miles 3 820
Famous Homes of Great Britain and Their Stories (Paperback): Alfred Henry Malan

Famous Homes of Great Britain and Their Stories (Paperback)

Alfred Henry Malan

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899. Excerpt: ... PENSHURST FROM THE GARDENS PENSHURST AND ITS MEMORIES BY LADY DE L'ISLE AND DUDLEY ENSHURST How many ancient memories are called forth by the name What visions are conjured up, what fascinating dreams of brave men and fair women, of noble dames and mail-clad warriors, of courtiers, poets, statesmen, heroes As we gaze up at the old grey walls, or wander in the yew-hedged gardens, we can almost fancy we see them passing before us in a long and brilliant pageant. If only those walls could speak and tell us something of the lives they have witnessed, of the generations past and gone--of how they lived and laughed, worked and played, loved and wept The secrets of that great past hold for us a strange fascination. But the walls only look down gravely upon us, just as they did well-nigh five centuries ago; and so we turn from them and their silence to hunt for such information as we can find in the comparatively few records which are left to us. A considerable portion of Penshurst, as it now stands, was built towards the end of the fourteenth century by Sir John de Poulteney. He had married the heiress of the De Penchesters, who for two hundred years had occupied a fortified house on this site. In 1341, he received from the Crown permission to "crenellate"--i. e., embattle; and thus we have in Penshurst "a nearly perfect example of the house of a wealthy gentleman in the time of Edward III." The chief feature 01 the house is the great hall, sixty-four feet in height, which remains unaltered to this day. The hearth in the centre is piled with huge logs for burning. On either side run the long tables, and the "high table" stands on a dais at the upper end. Facing this is the minstrels' gallery, supported by a smoke-blackened oaken screen, a portion of which i...


Imprint: General Books LLC
Country of origin: United States
Release date: February 2012
First published: February 2012
Authors: Alfred Henry Malan
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 3mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 64
ISBN-13: 978-1-150-86037-9
Categories: Books
LSN: 1-150-86037-5
Barcode: 9781150860379

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