The Cornerstone

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DEVIL IN THE HEART

THE whole nobility of the countryside was to come to Hervi castle to celebrate the dubbing of the son of Herbert le Gros. After his ceremonial assumption of arms, and the tournament, all his kinsfolk had taken the road again, in parties, in separate groups, on horseback, in litters, riding mules, with baggage, dogs and falcons, keeping company on the road with others of the neighborhood also returning from the jousting. Herbert was inviting everyone he encountered. It was enough if he had met a man twice or knew his parents; the castle of Hervi was large, moreover there was room at Linnières where the lady Aelis did the honors helped by Cousin Joceran. Joceran was a man very useful at all weddings, festivals and funerals. He oversaw the meals and never forgot either the rank or age of the guests and he could be relied on to settle quarrels by a word in place or a cup of good wine.

Herbert had had all the carved escutcheons at Hervi freshly painted --and God knows there were enough of them, as well as arms and armor; he had brought some of them back from his second crusade and he had also had the whole armory of his late father-in-law, the old Haguenier, hung upon the walls. Striped woollen tapestries were stretched on the walls and half the tables dressed with white napery. Polished wooden table utensils had been borrowed from all the neighbors for three leagues round. And there was not a peasant in the whole countryside from whom a chicken, a lamb, a veal calf or a dozen eggs had not been taken.

The villagers came out on to the roads to see the handsome youth pass dressed as for a wedding, surrounded by his half-brothers and cousins, mounted on his handsome Persian horse which cavorted and snorted, proud of its fine harness and its rider.

Herbert's litter had stopped at Bercenay, before the castle, where the horses had to be changed. Herbert brought away with him his brother-in-law of Buchie and Barthélémi of Chapes, Haguenier's future father-in-law, both too old to make so long a journey on horseback. The litter was parked in the meadow before the wagon gateway, and the three men and the ever-present Ortrud had got out to stretch

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The Cornerstone
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Part One 1
  • Farewell 3
  • A Bitter Love 7
  • Haguenier: I. First Encounter 14
  • The Feast of Wolves 19
  • Auberi 24
  • The Lady of Beauty 28
  • Haguenier: Ii. a Father and a Brother 32
  • Eglantine 38
  • Ernaut, or the Heavy Heart 43
  • Noble Youths and Maidens 48
  • The Bitter Cup 50
  • Arabesque 56
  • The Arrows of the Sun 62
  • Haguenier: Iii. First Rift 63
  • Devil in the Heart 71
  • The Body's Darkness 76
  • The Songbird 83
  • The Festival 92
  • Misunderstood 96
  • Pity 99
  • Haguenier's Marriage 103
  • Departure 107
  • A Lady's Game 109
  • Part Two 117
  • Misfortunes of War 119
  • The Burning Roads 126
  • Fear 140
  • Mélusine 144
  • Crow's Field 151
  • Reflections Upon the End of the World 158
  • The Heart of Diamond 162
  • Part Three 173
  • Bitter Blood 175
  • Crusade 179
  • Haguenier: Iv. the Widening Rift 182
  • Songs and Reveries 185
  • Obstacles 189
  • The Inheritance 195
  • Marie: Portraits 200
  • Ferret Heart 204
  • Haguenier: First Trial. the Oath 209
  • The Broken Body 213
  • Joceran Again 220
  • Haguenier: the Second Trial. A Taste of Paradise 224
  • The Black Mere 226
  • Haguenier: the Third Trial. Harshness 229
  • The World Turned Upside Down 234
  • Haguenier: the Fourth Trial. the Cup Withdrawn 236
  • Family Troubles 245
  • Haguenier: the Fifth Trial. Sacrifice 247
  • Nightmare 252
  • Herbert 258
  • Malediction 260
  • Haguenier: the Sixth Trial. Life Parts Lovers 271
  • The Fairies 281
  • The Storm 288
  • The Wolf 294
  • The Other Stricken Bird 300
  • Part Four 307
  • Marseilles 309
  • The Promised Land 335
  • A Masterless House 362
  • Herbert's Wife 369
  • The Bad Steward 373
  • The Stricken Man 378
  • Death Unwelcomed 391
  • Still Life 400
  • Pity 407
  • The Seventh Trial or Marie Crowned 413
  • Part Five 425
  • The End of Auberi's Service 427
  • Jerusalem 434
  • Brother Ernaut 445
  • The Last Pilgrimage 462
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