Be this conceit of mine as it may, gentlemen, at all events Steelkilt was a tall and noble animal with a head like a Roman, and a flowing golden beard like the tasseled housings of your last viceroy's snorting charger; and a brain, and a heart, and a soul in him, gentlemen, which had made Steelkilt Charlemagne
, had he been born son to Charlemagne
So a great Frankish victory or defeat was gained or avoided; and in order to commemorate the episode, Charlemagne
commanded a city to be built there, which he named Frankfort--the ford of the Franks.
There must have been a Norman original of the Scottish metrical romance of Rauf Colziar, in which Charlemagne
is introduced as the unknown guest of a charcoal-man.
And if truth to life is the main thing the drama should keep in view, how is it possible for any average understanding to be satisfied when the action is supposed to pass in the time of King Pepin or Charlemagne
, and the principal personage in it they represent to be the Emperor Heraclius who entered Jerusalem with the cross and won the Holy Sepulchre, like Godfrey of Bouillon, there being years innumerable between the one and the other?
and his immediate descendants possessed the reality, as well as the ensigns and dignity of imperial power.
Thus spoke and acted the gallant knights of the time of Charlemagne
, in whom every cavalier ought to seek his model.
No; but just think, there are paltry country squires who have all some title or another and pretend to go back as far as Charlemagne
, or at least to Hugh Capet.
At last they stop, panting and fanning themselves, somewhere in the ninth century, under Charlemagne
In the early evening a light dinner was spread at the back of the Cafe Charlemagne
Here is a crumbling wall that was old when Columbus discovered America; was old when Peter the Hermit roused the knightly men of the Middle Ages to arm for the first Crusade; was old when Charlemagne
and his paladins beleaguered enchanted castles and battled with giants and genii in the fabled days of the olden time; was old when Christ and his disciples walked the earth; stood where it stands today when the lips of Memnon were vocal and men bought and sold in the streets of ancient Thebes!
had himself sculptured on his knees before the Virgin, and whither he caused to be brought, without heeding the two gaps thus made in the row of royal statues, the statues of Charlemagne
and of Saint Louis, two saints whom he supposed to be great in favor in heaven, as kings of France.
who owned two-thirds of the habitable globe, nor Charlemagne
, who possessed it entirely, will be able to reach to half your stature.