But the same worthy person, when placed in his own snug parlour, and surrounded by all the comforts of an Englishman's fireside, is not half so much disposed to believe that his own ancestors led a very different life from himself; that the shattered tower, which now forms a vista from his window, once held a baron
who would have hung him up at his own door without any form of trial; that the hinds, by whom his little pet-farm is managed, a few centuries ago would have been his slaves; and that the complete influence of feudal tyranny once extended over the neighbouring village, where the attorney is now a man of more importance than the lord of the manor.
But in general, the power of the barons
triumphed over that of the prince; and in many instances his dominion was entirely thrown off, and the great fiefs were erected into independent principalities or States.
The contrary happens in kingdoms governed like that of France, because one can easily enter there by gaining over some baron
of the kingdom, for one always finds malcontents and such as desire a change.
He rides to where the barges lie in readiness, and the great Barons
step forth from their ranks to meet him.
A word to De Clare, or De Montfort would bring the barons
and their retainers forty thousand strong to overwhelm the King's forces.
in the English Peerage, and that his mother is related by marriage to the Royal family of Wurtemberg.
Here you find us; and we cannot wonder that you, who are new to tumbling, should be astounded, since many great barons
, earls, marshals and knight, who have wandered as far as the Holy Land, are of one mind in saying that they have never seen a more noble or gracious performance.
Perhaps he sat quietly writing it in his cell when the angry barons
were forcing King John to sign the Magna Charta.
And if the Baron
of Grogzwig, a little hurt and irritated at this, took heart, and ventured to suggest that his wife was at least no worse off than the wives of other barons
, the Baroness Von Swillenhausen begged all persons to take notice, that nobody but she, sympathised with her dear daughter's sufferings; upon which, her relations and friends remarked, that to be sure she did cry a great deal more than her son-in-law, and that if there were a hard-hearted brute alive, it was that Baron
The first idea that occurred to Milady's mind was that she had been betrayed by Kitty, and that she had recounted to the baron
the selfish aversion toward himself of which she had imprudently allowed some marks to escape before her servant.
with repressed smile, "come in, Baron
, and tell the duke all you know -- the latest news of M.
For my part," said Porthos, "I desire to be made a baron
Quite so, your Excellency," the Baron
was saying as we entered the Library.
As for the Baron
, he was tall, wizened, bony-faced after the German fashion, spectacled, and, apparently, about forty-five years of age.
Mademoiselle is the daughter of a most faithful friend of the Emperor, the Baron