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The Last of the Barons — Complete

By Baron Edward Bulwer Lytton Lytton
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  • THE LAST OF THE BARONS
  • DEDICATORY EPISTLE.
  • PREFACE TO THE LAST OF THE BARONS
  • BOOK I. THE ADVENTURES OF MASTER MARMADUKE NEVILE.
  • CHAPTER I. THE PASTIME-GROUND OF OLD COCKAIGNE.
  • CHAPTER II. THE BROKEN GITTERN.
  • CHAPTER III. THE TRADER AND THE GENTLE; OR, THE CHANGING GENERATION.
  • CHAPTER IV. ILL FARES THE COUNTRY MOUSE IN THE TRAPS OF TOWN.
  • CHAPTER V. WEAL TO THE IDLER, WOE TO THE WORKMAN.
  • CHAPTER VI. MASTER MARMADUKE NEVILE FEARS FOR THE SPIRITUAL WEAL OF HIS HOST AND HOSTESS.
  • CHAPTER VII. THERE IS A ROD FOR THE BACK OF EVERY FOOL WHO WOULD BE WISER THAN HIS GENERATION.
  • CHAPTER VIII. MASTER MARMADUKE NEVILE MAKES LOVE, AND IS FRIGHTENED.
  • CHAPTER IX. MASTER MARMADUKE NEVILE LEAVES THE WIZARD'S HOUSE FOR THE GREAT WORLD.
  • BOOK II. THE KING'S COURT.
  • CHAPTER I. EARL WARWICK THE KING-MAKER.
  • CHAPTER II. KING EDWARD THE FOURTH.
  • CHAPTER III. THE ANTECHAMBER.
  • BOOK III. IN WHICH THE HISTORY PASSES FROM THE KING'S COURT TO THE STUDENT'S CELL, AND RELATES THE PERILS THAT BEFELL A PHILOSOPHER FOR MEDDLING WITH THE AFFAIRS OF THE WORLD.
  • CHAPTER I. THE SOLITARY SAGE AND THE SOLITARY MAID.
  • CHAPTER II. MASTER ADAM WARNER GROWS A MISER, AND BEHAVES SHAMEFULLY.
  • CHAPTER III. A STRANGE VISITOR.—ALL AGES OF THE WORLD BREED WORLD-BETTERS.
  • CHAPTER IV. LORD HASTINGS.
  • CHAPTER V. MASTER ADAM WARNER AND KING HENRY THE SIXTH.
  • CHAPTER VI. HOW, ON LEAVING KING LOG, FOOLISH WISDOM RUNS A-MUCK ON KING STORK.
  • CHAPTER VII. MY LADY DUCHESS'S OPINION OF THE UTILITY OF MASTER WARNER'S INVENTION, AND HER ESTEEM FOR ITS—EXPLOSION.
  • CHAPTER VIII. THE OLD WOMAN TALKS OF SORROWS, THE YOUNG WOMAN DREAMS OF LOVE; THE COURTIER FLIES FROM PRESENT POWER TO REMEMBRANCES OF PAST HOPES, AND THE WORLD-BETTERED OPENS UTOPIA, WITH A VIEW OF
  • CHAPTER IX. HOW THE DESTRUCTIVE ORGAN OF PRINCE RICHARD PROMISES GOODLY DEVELOPMENT.
  • BOOK IV. INTRIGUES OF THE COURT OF EDWARD IV.
  • CHAPTER I. MARGARET OF ANJOU.
  • CHAPTER II. IN WHICH ARE LAID OPEN TO THE READER THE CHARACTER OF EDWARD THE FOURTH AND THAT OF HIS COURT, WITH THE MACHINATIONS OF THE WOODVILLES AGAINST THE EARL OF WARWICK.
  • CHAPTER III. WHEREIN MASTER NICHOLAS ALWYN VISITS THE COURT, AND THERE LEARNS MATTER OF WHICH THE ACUTE READER WILL JUDGE FOR HIMSELF.
  • CHAPTER IV. EXHIBITING THE BENEFITS WHICH ROYAL PATRONAGE CONFERS ON GENIUS,—ALSO THE EARLY LOVES OF THE LORD HASTINGS; WITH OTHER MATTERS EDIFYING AND DELECTABLE.
  • CHAPTER V. THE WOODVILLE INTRIGUE PROSPERS.—MONTAGU CONFERS WITH HASTINGS, VISITS THE ARCHBISHOP OF YORK, AND IS MET ON THE ROAD BY A STRANGE PERSONAGE.
  • CHAPTER VI. THE ARRIVAL OF THE COUNT DE LA ROCHE, AND THE VARIOUS EXCITEMENT PRODUCED ON MANY PERSONAGES BY THAT EVENT.
  • CHAPTER VII. THE RENOWNED COMBAT BETWEEN SIR ANTHONY WOODVILLE AND THE BASTARD OF BURGUNDY.
  • CHAPTER VIII. HOW THE BASTARD OF BURGUNDY PROSPERED MORE IN HIS POLICY THAN WITH THE POLE-AXE.-AND HOW KING EDWARD HOLDS HIS SUMMER CHASE IN THE FAIR GROVES OF SHENE.
  • CHAPTER IX. THE GREAT ACTOR RETURNS TO FILL THE STAGE.
  • CHAPTER X. HOW THE GREAT LORDS COME TO THE KING-MAKER, AND WITH WHAT PROFFERS.
  • BOOK V.
  • CHAPTER I. RURAL ENGLAND IN THE MIDDLE AGES—NOBLE VISITORS SEEK THE CASTLE OF MIDDLEHAM.
  • CHAPTER II. COUNCILS AND MUSINGS.
  • CHAPTER III. THE SISTERS.
  • CHAPTER IV. THE DESTRIER.
  • BOOK VI
  • CHAPTER I. NEW DISSENSIONS.
  • CHAPTER II. THE WOULD-BE IMPROVERS OF JOVE'S FOOTBALL, EARTH.—THE SAD FATHER AND THE SAD CHILD.—THE FAIR RIVALS.
    • Adam Warner was at work on his crucible when the servitor commissioned to attend him opened the chamber door, and a man dressed in the black gown of a student entered.
  • CHAPTER III. WHEREIN THE DEMAGOGUE SEEKS THE COURTIER.
    • On quitting Adam's chamber, Hilyard paused not till he reached a stately house, not far from Warwick Lane, which was the residence of the Lord Montagu.
  • CHAPTER IV. SIBYLL.
  • CHAPTER V. KATHERINE.
  • CHAPTER VI. JOY FOR ADAM, AND HOPE FOR SIBYLL—AND POPULAR FRIAR BUNGEY!
  • CHAPTER VII. A LOVE SCENE.
  • BOOK VII. THE POPULAR REBELLION.
  • CHAPTER I. THE WHITE LION OF MARCH SHAKES HIS MANE.
  • CHAPTER II. THE CAMP AT OLNEY.
  • CHAPTER III. THE CAMP OF THE REBELS.
  • CHAPTER IV. THE NORMAN EARL AND THE SAXON DEMAGOGUE CONFER.
  • CHAPTER V. WHAT FAITH EDWARD IV. PURPOSETH TO KEEP WITH EARL AND PEOPLE.
  • CHAPTER VI. WHAT BEFALLS KING EDWARD ON HIS ESCAPE FROM OLNEY.
    • As soon as Edward was out of sight of the spire of Olney, he slackened his speed, and beckoned Hastings to his side.
  • CHAPTER VII. HOW KING EDWARD ARRIVES AT THE CASTLE OF MIDDLEHAM.
  • CHAPTER VIII. THE ANCIENTS RIGHTLY GAVE TO THE GODDESS OF ELOQUENCE A CROWN.
  • CHAPTER IX. WEDDED CONFIDENCE AND LOVE—THE EARL AND THE PRELATE—THE PRELATE AND THE KING—SCHEMES—WILES—AND THE BIRTH OF A DARK THOUGHT DESTINED TO ECLIPSE A SUN.
    • While, preparatory to the banquet, Edward, as was then the daily classic custom, relaxed his fatigues, mental or bodily, in the hospitable bath, the archbishop sought the closet of the earl.
  • BOOK VIII. IN WHICH THE LAST LINK BETWEEN KING-MAKER AND KING SNAPS ASUNDER.
  • CHAPTER I. THE LADY ANNE VISITS THE COURT.
  • CHAPTER II. THE SLEEPING INNOCENCE—THE WAKEFUL CRIME.
  • CHAPTER III. NEW DANGERS TO THE HOUSE OF YORK—AND THE KING'S HEART ALLIES ITSELF WITH REBELLION AGAINST THE KING'S THRONE.
  • CHAPTER IV. THE FOSTER-BROTHERS.
  • CHAPTER V. THE LOVER AND THE GALLANT—WOMAN'S CHOICE.
  • CHAPTER VI. WARWICK RETURNS—APPEASES A DISCONTENTED PRINCE—AND CONFERS WITH A REVENGEFUL CONSPIRATOR.
  • CHAPTER VII. THE FEAR AND THE FLIGHT.
  • CHAPTER VIII. THE GROUP ROUND THE DEATH-BED OF THE LANCASTRIAN WIDOW.
  • BOOK IX. THE WANDERERS AND THE EXILES.
  • CHAPTER I. HOW THE GREAT BARON BECOMES AS GREAT A REBEL.
  • CHAPTER II. MANY THINGS BRIEFLY TOLD.
  • CHAPTER III. THE PLOT OF THE HOSTELRY—THE MAID AND THE SCHOLAR IN THEIR HOME.
  • CHAPTER IV. THE WORLD'S JUSTICE, AND THE WISDOM OF OUR ANCESTORS.
  • CHAPTER V. THE FUGITIVES ARE CAPTURED—THE TYMBESTERES REAPPEAR—MOONLIGHT ON THE REVEL OF THE LIVING—MOONLIGHT ON THE SLUMBER OF THE DEAD.
  • CHAPTER VI. THE SUBTLE CRAFT OF RICHARD OF GLOUCESTER.
  • CHAPTER VII. WARWICK AND HIS FAMILY IN EXILE.
  • CHAPTER VIII. HOW THE HEIR OF LANCASTER MEETS THE KING-MAKER.
  • CHAPTER IX. THE INTERVIEW OF EARL WARWICK AND QUEEN MARGARET.
  • CHAPTER X. LOVE AND MARRIAGE—DOUBTS OF CONSCIENCE—DOMESTIC JEALOUSY—AND HOUSEHOLD TREASON.
  • BOOK X. THE RETURN OF THE KING-MAKER.
  • CHAPTER I. THE MAID'S HOPE, THE COURTIER'S LOVE, AND THE SAGE'S COMFORT.
    • Fair are thy fields, O England; fair the rural farm and the orchards in which the blossoms have ripened into laughing fruits; and fairer than all, O England, the faces of thy soft-eyed daughters!
  • CHAPTER II. THE MAN AWAKES IN THE SAGE, AND THE SHE-WOLF AGAIN HATH TRACKED THE LAMB.
  • CHAPTER III. VIRTUOUS RESOLVES SUBMITTED TO THE TEST OF VANITY AND THE WORLD.
  • CHAPTER IV. THE STRIFE WHICH SIBYLL HAD COURTED, BETWEEN KATHERINE AND HERSELF, COMMENCES IN SERIOUS EARNEST.
  • CHAPTER V. THE MEETING OF HASTINGS AND KATHERINE.
  • CHAPTER VI. HASTINGS LEARNS WHAT HAS BEFALLEN SIBYLL, REPAIRS TO THE KING, AND ENCOUNTERS AN OLD RIVAL.
    • "It is destiny," said Hastings to himself, when early the next morning he was on his road to the farm—"it is destiny,—and who can resist his fate?"
  • CHAPTER VII. THE LANDING OF LORD WARWICK, AND THE EVENTS THAT ENSUE THEREON.
  • CHAPTER VIII. WHAT BEFELL ADAM WARNER AND SIBYLL WHEN MADE SUBJECT TO THE GREAT FRIAR BUNGEY.
  • CHAPTER IX. THE DELIBERATIONS OF MAYOR AND COUNCIL, WHILE LORD WARWICK MARCHES UPON LONDON.
  • CHAPTER X. THE TRIUMPHAL ENTRY OF THE EARL—THE ROYAL CAPTIVE IN THE TOWER—THE MEETING BETWEEN KING-MAKER AND KING.
  • CHAPTER XI. THE TOWER IN COMMOTION.
  • BOOK XI. THE NEW POSITION OF THE KING-MAKER
  • CHAPTER I. WHEREIN MASTER ADAM WARNER IS NOTABLY COMMENDED AND ADVANCED—AND GREATNESS SAYS TO WISDOM, "THY DESTINY BE MINE, AMEN."
  • CHAPTER II. THE PROSPERITY OF THE OUTER SHOW—THE CARES OF THE INNER MAN.
  • CHAPTER III. FURTHER VIEWS INTO THE HEART OF MAN, AND THE CONDITIONS OF POWER.
  • CHAPTER IV. THE RETURN OF EDWARD OF YORK.
  • CHAPTER V. THE PROGRESS OF THE PLANTAGENET.
  • CHAPTER VI. LORD WARWICK, WITH THE FOE IN THE FIELD AND THE TRAITOR AT THE HEARTH.
  • BOOK XII. THE BATTLE OF BARNET.
  • CHAPTER I. A KING IN HIS CITY HOPES TO RECOVER HIS REALM—A WOMAN IN HER CHAMBER FEARS TO FORFEIT HER OWN.
  • CHAPTER II. SHARP IS THE KISS OF THE FALCON'S BEAR.
  • CHAPTER III. A PAUSE.
  • CHAPTER IV. THE BATTLE.
  • CHAPTER V. THE BATTLE.
  • CHAPTER VI. THE BATTLE.
  • CHAPTER VII. THE LAST PILGRIMS IN THE LONG PROCESSION TO THE COMMON BOURNE.
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