300 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.63 in
February 13, 2012
General Books LLC
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0217661726
ISBN - 13: 9780217661720
About the Book
Publisher: W. S. Orr and Co. Publication date: 1850 Subjects: France History / Europe / France Travel / Europe / France Notes: This is an OCR reprint. There may be numerous typos or missing text. There are no illustrations or indexes. When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to Million-Books.com where you can select from more than a million books for free. You can also preview the book there.
From the Publisher
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. 1850 Excerpt: ... as 'their natural lord.'" It has been asserted, but on no credible authority, that the besotted Confessor promised, during the duke's visit, to make him his heir at his decease. That the king would have desired to do so there need be little question; but that he entered into any engagement to that effect is highly improbable, though there is little doubt that William himself, before his departure, had projected the enterprise which he afterwards carried out. Indeed, if it be true that on obtaining possession of the person of Harold, the eldest son of Earl Godwin, who had been wrecked near the mouth of the Somme in Ponthieu, he compelled him to take an oath that on the death of Edward he would aid him with all his power to obtain the English throne, the matter must be considered as placed beyond all question. The circumstances attending this oath are thus related. William having extorted a promise of assistance, when required, from his guest, in order to bind him to the fulfilment of his word, summoned a general assembly of his barons and military retainers--or knights--to meet at Avranches or Bayeux; and there, the duke being seated in the midst of a crowd of Norman chiefs in a chair of state, holding a drawn sword in his hand, and crowned with a circlet of gems, he caused two little caskets containing relics to be brought, and laid upon a large chest which stood in the hall of council covered with cloth of gold. When Harold stood in the midst of this solemn conclave, William thus addressed him: "I require thee, Harold, before this noble assembly, to confirm by oath the promises which thou hast made to me--to assist me in obtaining the crown of England after King Edward's death, to marry my daughter Adela, and to send me thy sister that I may give her to o...