Commonplace books are personal texts that can combine a wide range of compiled information on a specific theme. Essentially scrapbooks, they are unique to the creator’s interests. Although they became especially popular in the 17th century, the number of miscellancy that can be found speak to the existence of commonplace books long before then. This particular book focuses on those subjects of interest to Count Arturus – fighting, spearwork, tactics, poetry, stories of famous saints and kings – particularly those of King Arthur.
- Excerpt: Fiore – Spear on Foot
- Excerpt: Arthur’s Twelve Battles
- Excerpt: The Warlike Arthur
- Excerpt: The Victory at Badon Hill
- Excerpt: Arthur’s Battles Against the Saxons
The story goes that Marcus Cato was content with the same wine as the men of his army.
- Excerpt: The Battle of Bladone
- Excerpt: CHAP. III. — Arthur Makes the Saxons his Tributaries.
- CHAP. IV. — Arthur’s Battles Against the Saxons.
- Excerpt: CHAP. V. — The Saxons Are Compelled to Surrender.
- Excerpt: Fiore – Spear vs. Mounted Foe
- Leonidas the Spartan
- Excerpt: The Chronicle of Pierre de Langtoft
- The Discovery of the Tomb of King Arthur
Lucius Paulus used to say that a general ought to be an old man in character, meaning thereby that moderate counsels should be followed.
- A Story of Wulfric
- Another Story of Wulfric
- Well do I love the cheerful spring
- Stories of Famous Generals