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The Hand Of Destiny The Hand Of Destiny

The Hand Of Destiny
CHAPTER I. THE TRAPPING OF THE LION. In May, when every lusty heart flourisheth and bourgeoneth,--for as winter, with its rough winds and blasts, causes man and woman to cover and sit fast by the fire, this fresh and joyous season brings them forth to gladden in the coming of the flowery summer,--in this rare month of May, when only merry thoughts and gentle deeds should be known, there began a great and unhappy season of wrath, which ended not till the flower of chivalry of all the world was destroyed. And this all came about through the hate and jealousy... Short Stories - Post by : pcplod - Date : October 2011 - Author : Charles Morris - Read : 1710

The Love Of Lancelot And Guenever The Love Of Lancelot And Guenever

The Love Of Lancelot And Guenever
CHAPTER I. THE POISONING OF SIR PATRISE. After the quest of the Sangreal was ended, and all the knights who were left alive had come again to Camelot, there was great joy in the court, with feasts and merrymakings, that this fortunate remnant might find a glad welcome. Above all, King Arthur and Queen Guenever were full of joy in the return of Lancelot and Bors, both from the love they bore them and the special honor they had gained in the quest. But, as is man's way, holy thoughts vanished with the holy task that gave them rise, the knights... Short Stories - Post by : John_Culotta - Date : October 2011 - Author : Charles Morris - Read : 710

How Arthur Won The Throne How Arthur Won The Throne

How Arthur Won The Throne
CHAPTER I. THE MAGIC SWORD. Once upon a time, in that far-off and famous era of chivalry and knight-errantry when wandering knights sought adventures far and wide throughout the land, and no damsel in distress failed to enlist a valiant champion in her cause, there reigned over England's broad realm a noble monarch, King Arthur by name, the flower of chivalry, and the founder of the world-renowned order of Knights of the Round Table. It is the story of this far-famed monarch, and of the wonderful and valorous deeds of his Knights, that we here propose to tell, as preserved in... Short Stories - Post by : Lynn_C - Date : September 2011 - Author : Charles Morris - Read : 652

The Deeds Of Balin The Deeds Of Balin

The Deeds Of Balin
CHAPTER I. HOW BALIN WON AND USED THE ENCHANTED SWORD. It befell upon a time when King Arthur was at London, that tidings came to him that King Ryons of North Wales was carrying out his threat. He had crossed the borders with an army, and was burning and harrying his lands and slaying his people without mercy. On learning this the king sent word to his lords and knights to assemble with all haste at Camelot a council would be held and measures of defence and reprisal taken. And it so fell out that while this assembly was in... Short Stories - Post by : paygiant - Date : September 2011 - Author : Charles Morris - Read : 3399

The Treason Of Morgan Le Fay The Treason Of Morgan Le Fay

The Treason Of Morgan Le Fay
CHAPTER I. THE ADVENTURE OF THE ENCHANTED SHIP. On a day not long after the event of Balin's death, it befell that Arthur and many of his knights went out hunting in a great forest , as fortune willed, King Arthur, Sir Accolan of Gaul, and King Uriens, who had wedded Morgan le Fay, followed far on the track of a great hart, which led them astray till they were ten miles distant from their late companions. They were all well mounted, but so hot was the chase, and so far did it lead them, that the horses at length fell... Short Stories - Post by : froogle-feeder - Date : September 2011 - Author : Charles Morris - Read : 1339

Lancelot Of The Lake Lancelot Of The Lake

Lancelot Of The Lake
CHAPTER I. HOW TROUBLE CAME TO LIONEL AND HECTOR. After the strange deeds and adventures that have just been described, a season of war came again to King Arthur and his realm, through which he won great honor and renown. For Lucius, the Emperor of Rome, sent ambassadors to Arthur, demanding tribute; and when he proudly refused this demand Lucius gathered a great army and invaded the tributary domains of Arthur, in Gaul. Long and fierce was the war that followed, for Arthur crossed to Gaul with all the power of his realm; fought and killed, single-handed, a huge giant who... Short Stories - Post by : freeaff - Date : September 2011 - Author : Charles Morris - Read : 2638

The Adventures Of Beaumains The Adventures Of Beaumains

The Adventures Of Beaumains
CHAPTER I. THE KNIGHTING OF KAY'S KITCHEN BOY. King Arthur had, early in his reign, established the custom that at the feast of Pentecost he would never dine until he had seen or heard of some marvellous event. Through that custom many strange adventures were brought to his notice. It happened on one day of Pentecost that the king held his Round Table at a castle called Kinkenadon, on the borders of Wales. On that day, a little before noon, as Gawaine looked from a window, he saw three men on horseback and a dwarf on foot approaching the castle. When... Short Stories - Post by : nebulot - Date : September 2011 - Author : Charles Morris - Read : 3148

Tristram Of Lyonesse And The Fair Isolde Tristram Of Lyonesse And The Fair Isolde

Tristram Of Lyonesse And The Fair Isolde
CHAPTER I. HOW TRISTRAM WAS KNIGHTED. Sad was the day when the renowned knight, Tristram of Lyonesse, was born, for on that day his mother died, and his father lay in prison through the arts of an enchantress. Therefore he was called Tristram, which signifies one of a sorrowful birth. It happened that when he was seven years of age his father, King Meliodas, of the country of Lyonesse, married again. His first wife had been Elizabeth, sister of King Mark of Cornwall. He now married the daughter of King Howell of Brittany, a woman who proved of evil soul. For... Short Stories - Post by : cyclone - Date : September 2011 - Author : Charles Morris - Read : 2913

How Tristram Came To Camelot How Tristram Came To Camelot

How Tristram Came To Camelot
CHAPTER I. TRISTRAM AND DINADAN. And now it behooves us to follow the banished knight in his adventures, for they were many and various, and arduous were the labors with which he won his right to a seat at the Round Table. We have told the tale of his love and madness, and now must relate the marvellous exploits of his banishment. Hardly, indeed, had Tristram and Dinadan landed in Arthur's realms when they met two knights of his court, Hector de Maris and Bors de Ganis. This encounter took place upon a bridge Hector and Dinadan jousted, and Dinadan... Short Stories - Post by : profitbiz - Date : September 2011 - Author : Charles Morris - Read : 3171

How The Empire Of China Arose And Grew How The Empire Of China Arose And Grew

How The Empire Of China Arose And Grew
From the history of Japan we now turn to that of China, a far older and more extensive kingdom, so old, indeed, that it has now grown decrepit, while Japan seems still in the glow of vigorous youth. But, as our tales will show, there was a long period in the past during which China was full of youthful energy and activity, and there may be a time in the future when a new youth will come to that hoary kingdom, the most venerable of any existing upon the face of the earth. Who the Chinese originally were, whence they came,... Short Stories - Post by : presf - Date : September 2011 - Author : Charles Morris - Read : 971

The Mikado Comes To His Own Again The Mikado Comes To His Own Again

The Mikado Comes To His Own Again
The visit of Commodore Perry to Japan and the signing of a treaty of commerce with the United States formed a great turning-point in the history of that ancient empire. Through its influence the mikado came to his own again, after being for seven centuries virtually the vassal of the shogun. So long had he vanished from sight that the people looked upon him as a far-off spiritual dignitary, and had forgotten that he was once the supreme lord of the land. During all this time the imperial court had been kept up, with its prime minister, its officials and nobles,--with... Short Stories - Post by : siddielou - Date : September 2011 - Author : Charles Morris - Read : 2511

The Opening Of Japan The Opening Of Japan

The Opening Of Japan
On the 8th of July, 1853, the Japanese were treated to a genuine surprise. Off Cape Idsu, the outer extremity of the Bay of Yedo, appeared a squadron of war-vessels bound inward under full sail, in bold disregard of the lines of prohibition which Japan had drawn across the entrance of all her ports. Rounding the high mountains of the promontory of Idsu, by noon the fleet reached Cape Sagami, which forms the dividing line between the outer and inner sections of the Bay of Yedo. Here the shores rose in abrupt bluffs, furrowed by green dells, while in the distance... Short Stories - Post by : roweis - Date : September 2011 - Author : Charles Morris - Read : 3570

The Captivity Of Captain Golownin The Captivity Of Captain Golownin

The Captivity Of Captain Golownin
Japan was persistent in its policy of isolation. To its people their group of islands was the world, and they knew little of and cared less for what was going on in all the continents outside. The Dutch vessel that visited their shores once a year served as an annual newspaper, and satisfied their curiosity as to the doings of mankind. The goods it brought were little cared for, Japan being sufficient unto itself, so that it served merely as a window to the world. Once a year a delegation from the Dutch settlement visited the capital, but the visitors travelled... Short Stories - Post by : docrocky - Date : September 2011 - Author : Charles Morris - Read : 2398

The Decline And Fall Of Christianity In Japan The Decline And Fall Of Christianity In Japan

The Decline And Fall Of Christianity In Japan
We have described in the preceding tale the rise of Christianity in Japan, and the remarkable rapidity of its development in that remote land. We have now to describe its equally rapid decline and fall, and the exclusion of Europeans from Japanese soil. It must be said here that this was in no sense due to the precepts of Christianity, but wholly to the hostility between its advocates of different sects, their jealousy and abuse of one another, and to the quarrels between nations in the contest to gain a lion's share of the trade with Japan. At the time when... Short Stories - Post by : simplyjond - Date : September 2011 - Author : Charles Morris - Read : 1551

The Progress Of Christianity In Japan The Progress Of Christianity In Japan

The Progress Of Christianity In Japan
The fact that such a realm as that of Japan existed remained unknown in Europe until about six centuries ago, when Marco Polo, in his famous record of travel and adventure, first spoke of it. He knew of it, however, only by Chinese hearsay, and the story he told contained far more of fable than of fact. The Chinese at that time seem to have had little knowledge of their nearest civilized neighbor. "Zipangu"--the name he gives it--is, he says, "an island in the Eastern Ocean, about fifteen hundred miles (Chinese miles) from the mainland. Its people are well made, of... Short Stories - Post by : robparnell - Date : September 2011 - Author : Charles Morris - Read : 1544

Progress In Japan And China Progress In Japan And China

Progress In Japan And China
We have in the preceding tales brought down from a remote period the history of the two oldest nations now existing on the face of the earth. There are peoples as old, but none others which have kept intact their national organization and form of government for thousands of years. Invasion, conquest, rebellion, revolution, have kept the rest of the world in a busy stir and caused frequent changes in nations and governments. But Japan and China lay aside from the broad current of invasion, removed from the general seat of war, and no internal convulsion or local invasion had been... Short Stories - Post by : rajasun - Date : September 2011 - Author : Charles Morris - Read : 3400

The Founder Of Yedo And Of Modern Feudalism The Founder Of Yedo And Of Modern Feudalism

The Founder Of Yedo And Of Modern Feudalism
The death of the peasant premier left Iyeyasu, the second in ability of Nobunaga's great generals, as the rising power in Japan. Hideyoshi, in the hope of preserving the rule in his own family, had married his son, a child of six, to Iyeyasu's granddaughter, and appointed six ministers to act as his guardians. He did not count, in cherishing this illusory hope, on the strength of human ambition. Nor did he give thought to the bitter disgust with which the haughty lords and nobles had yielded to the authority of one whom they regarded as an upstart. The chances of... Short Stories - Post by : jminsb - Date : September 2011 - Author : Charles Morris - Read : 2201

The Battle Of The Iron-clads The Battle Of The Iron-clads

The Battle Of The Iron-clads
In these latter days the world seems overturned. Events of startling interest are every year taking place, new discoveries are made, new inventions produced, new explorations completed, peoples and tribes formerly not even known by name are becoming prominent in daily history, and nations which seemed sunk in a death-like slumber are awakening and claiming a place among the leading powers of the world. And of all these events perhaps the most astounding is that which took place in September, 1894, the battle of iron-clads in the Yellow Sea. About forty years before there had begun among Western nations a remarkable... Short Stories - Post by : Gedagger - Date : September 2011 - Author : Charles Morris - Read : 1953

Corea And Its Neighbors Corea And Its Neighbors

Corea And Its Neighbors
We have thus far followed the course of two distinct streams of history, that of Japan and that of China, flowing near each other, yet touching at very few points in their course. Near the end of the nineteenth century these two streams flowed together, and the histories of the two countries became one, in the war in which their difference in military skill was so strikingly displayed. Japan made use of the lessons which it had well learned in its forty years of intercourse with Europe. China fought in the obsolete fashion of a past age. As a result, the... Short Stories - Post by : sydneymatt - Date : September 2011 - Author : Charles Morris - Read : 3399

How A Peasant Boy Became Premier How A Peasant Boy Became Premier

How A Peasant Boy Became Premier
In the history of nations there have been many instances of a man descended from the lowest class of the populace reaching the highest rank. Kings, conquerors, emperors, have thus risen from the ranks of peasants and laborers, and the crown has been worn by men born to the beggar's lot. In the history of Japan only one instance of this kind appears, that of one born a peasant who supplanted the noble families and became lord of the people and the emperor alike. Such a man was Hideyoshi, the one of Nobunaga's generals who bore the popular nickname of "Cotton,"... Short Stories - Post by : emb582 - Date : September 2011 - Author : Charles Morris - Read : 1283