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IN THE DAYS OF THE GUILD
BY
L. LAMPREY

WITH FOUR ILLUSTRATIONS IN COLOR BY
FLORENCE GARDINER

AND NUMEROUS LINE DRAWINGS BY
MABEL HATT


"He held up the shoe with great disfavor"

NEW YORK
FREDERICK A. STOKES COMPANY
PUBLISHERS

Copyright, 1918, by
FREDERICK A. STOKES COMPANY



TO
MY FATHER
HENRY PHELPS LAMPREY


CONTENTS

I
The Old Road
THE BOY WITH THE WOOLPACK
How Robert Edrupt journeyed with the wool-merchants to London


II
The Biographer
BASIL THE SCRIBE
How an Irish monk in an English Abbey came to stand
before Kings

III
Venetian Glass
THE PICTURE IN THE WINDOW
How Alan of the Abbey Farms learned to make stained glass

IV
Troubadour's Song
THE GRASSHOPPERS' LIBRARY
How Ranulph le Provencal ceased to be a minstrel and became a troubadour

V
The Wood-Carver's Vision
THE BOX THAT QUENTIN CARVED
How Quentin of Peronne learned his trade when a boy in Amiens

VI
The Caged Bouverel
AT THE SIGN OF THE GOLD FINCH
How Guy, the goldsmith's apprentice, won the desire of his heart

VII
Up Anchor
THE VENTURE OF NICHOLAS GAY
How Nicholas Gay, the merchant's son, kept faith with a stranger and served the King

VIII
London Bells
BARBARA, THE LITTLE GOOSE-GIRL
How Barbara sold geese in the Chepe and what fortune she found there

IX
Harper's Song
RICHARD'S SILVER PENNY
How Richard sold a web of russet and made the best of a bad bargain

X
Perfumer's Song
MARY LAVENDER'S GARDEN
How Mary Lavender came to be of service to an exiled Queen

XI
Pavement Song
SAINT CRISPIN'S DAY
How Crispin, the shoemaker's son, made a shoe for a little damsel, and new streets in London

XII
Concealed Weapons
THE LOZENGES OF GIOVANNI
How a Milanese baker-boy and a Paduan physician kept poison out of the King's dish

XIII
A Song of Birds and Beasts
A DYKE IN THE DANELAW
How David le Saumond changed the course of an ancient nuisance

XIV
London Bridge
AT BARTLEMY FAIR
How Barty Appleby went to the fair at Smithfield and caught a miscreant

XV
Midsummer Day in England
EDWITHA'S LITTLE BOWL
How Edwitha found Roman pottery in the field of a Sussex farm

XVI
Song of the Tapestry Weavers
LOOMS IN MINCHEN LANE
How Cornelys Bat, the Flemish weaver, befriended a black
sheep and saved his wool

XVII
The Wishing Carpet
THE HERBALIST'S BREW
How Tomaso, the physician of Padua, found a cure for a weary soul

XVIII
The Marionettes
THE HURER'S LODGERS
How the poppet of Joan, the daughter of the capmaker, went to court and kept a secret

XIX
Armorer's Song
DICKON AT THE FORGE
How a Sussex smith found the world come to him in the Weald

XX
The Wander-Years
THE WINGS OF THE DRAGON
How Padraig made Irish wit a journeyman to Florentine genius

XXI
St. Eloi's Blessing
GOLD OF BYZANTIUM
How Guy of Limoges taught the art of Byzantium to Wilfrid of Sussex

XXII
The Watchword
COCKATRICE EGGS
How Tomaso the physician and Basil the scribe held the keys of Empire


ILLUSTRATIONS

"He held up the shoe with great disfavor"
"Waiting for the wool-merchants"
"Some of us will live to see Thomas of Canterbury a Saint of the Church"
"The medallion was a picture in colored glass"
"Upon my word, the race of wood-carvers has not yet come to an end"
"Have you been here all this time?"
"Barbara knew exactly where to go"
"It is time to set him building for England"
"How beautiful it is!' he exclaimed"
"Tomaso seemed not to have seen her action"
"The Marionettes"
" 'It is better than the sketch,' he cried heartily"
" 'And there goes what would seat the King of England on the throne of the Caesars,' quoth Tomaso"