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For Mythology is the handmaid of literature; and literature is one of the best allies of virtue and promoters of happiness.
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If no other knowledge deserves to be called useful but that which helps to enlarge our possessions or to raise our station in society, then Mythology has no claim to the appellation.
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In ages when there were no books, when noblemen and princes themselves could not read, history or tradition was monopolized by the story-tellers.
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In time of war the knight was, with his followers, in the camp of his sovereign, or commanding in the field, or holding some castle for him.
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It has, therefore, been a favorite boast of the people of Wales and Cornwall, that the original British stock flourishes in its unmixed purity only among them.
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It was not till toward the end of the thirteenth century that the prose romances began to appear.
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Mail armor continued in general use till about the year 1300, when it was gradually supplanted by plate armor, or suits consisting of pieces or plates of solid iron, adapted to the different parts of the body.
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Mail armor, of which the hauberk is a species, and which derived its name from maille, a French word for mesh, was of two kinds, plate or scale mail, and chain mail.
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ON the decline of the Roman power, about five centuries after Christ, the countries of Northern Europe were left almost destitute of a national government.
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Religion united its influence with those of loyalty and love, and the order of knighthood, endowed with all the sanctity and religious awe that attended the priesthood, became an object of ambition to the greatest sovereigns.
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Shields were generally made of wood, covered with leather, or some similar substance. To secure them, in some sort, from being cut through by the sword, they were surrounded with a hoop of metal.
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Short as they are individually, the collection in the Myvyrian Archaeology occupies more than one hundred and seventy pages of double columns.
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The earliest form in which romances appear is that of a rude kind of verse.
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THE earliest inhabitants of Britain are supposed to have been a branch of that great family known in history by the designation of Celts.
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The other classes of which society was composed were, first, freemen, owners of small portions of land, independent, though they sometimes voluntarily became the vassals of their more opulent neighbors, whose power was necessary for their protection.
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The preparatory education of candidates for knighthood was long and arduous.
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The religions of ancient Greece and Rome are extinct. The so-called divinities of Olympus have not a single worshipper among living men.
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The Romans held Britain from the invasion of Julius Caesar till their voluntary withdrawal from the island, A.D. 420,- that is, about five hundred years.
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The splendid pageant of a tournament between knights, its gaudy accessories and trappings, and its chivalrous regulations, originated in France.
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The Triads are a peculiar species of poetical composition, of which the Welsh bards have left numerous examples.
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The Welsh language is one of the oldest in Europe. It possesses poems the origin of which is referred with probability to the sixth century.
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The word Chivalry is derived from the French cheval, a horse.
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The word knight, which originally meant boy or servant, was particularly applied to a young man after he was admitted to the privilege of bearing arms.
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Thus we hope to teach mythology not as a study, but as a relaxation from study; to give our work the charm of a story-book, yet by means of it to impart a knowledge of an important branch of education.
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We reply, the interruption of one's reading by either process is so annoying that most readers prefer to let an allusion pass unapprehended rather than submit to it.
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We thus see that the Greeks of the early ages knew little of any real people except those to the east and south of their own country, or near the coast of the Mediterranean.
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With regard to the derivation of the word Romance, we trace it to the fact that the dialects which were formed in Western Europe, from the admixture of Latin with the native languages, took the name of Langue Romaine.
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Without a knowledge of mythology much of the elegant literature of our own language cannot be understood and appreciated.
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