ONE of the kings of England was very rich. In his many palaces, he had everything money could buy. But his greatest treasures were his glass windows, for in those days very few people had such wonderful things.
In the far North, people used thin sheets of ice for their windows. In some countries, people stretched skins until they were so thin that the light could come through. These skins they used for window panes.
Where this king lived, they used neither the ice nor the skins for window panes. The wind and rain could blow in through the open spaces left to light the house.
How many colds those people must have had!
You will understand why this king thought so much of his glass windows. He owned a great many houses, living sometimes in one, and sometimes in another. He had only one set of windows for all his houses.