As I have already metioned February is Henry the Young King month, at least here, in Henry's realm, and I have been trying to make it really special (in spite of all the odds, such as unexpected bout of flu :-)). Today I would like to share a few of my favourite Henry the Young King quotes with you. To make it more attractive I have decided to limit myself to only five. Difficult decision to take, but eventually I have come to it. Here they are, my absolutely favourite top five....
Indisputable Number 1.The criticism is harsh, but what an imagery and writing style!!!
"Truly, he left nothing unprobed, no stone unturned; he befouled the whole world with his treasons, a prodigy of unfaith and prodigal of ill, a limpid spring of wickedness, the attractive tinder of villainy, a lovely place of sin… the originator of the heresy of traitors… a false son to his father… the peaceful king" From De nugis curialium by Walter Map
Very special Number 2. The Young King in his own words:
"... it could be a source of much harm to me to stay idle for so long, and I am extremely vexed by it. I am no bird to be mewed up; a young man who does not travel around could never aspire to any worthwhile thing, and he should be ragarded as of no account." Henry the Young King on his enforced stay in England, 1175. From The History of William Marshal
Noble or Joyous Number 3? Here I couldn't decide :-)
"Noble hospitality and giving without fickle heart, and fair conversation and warm welcome, and a great court, well paid and well kept up, presents and gifts of arms and living without doing wrong, eating to the sound of viol and song, with many a companion bold and mighty among the best" From Mon chan fenis ab dol et ab maltraire by Bertran de Born,the famous bellicose troubadour and Henry's familiaris
"But if God please, the young king Henry will restore fun, laughter and joy to the world”. From The History of William Marshal
Laudatory Number 4
"Gracious to all, he was loved by all; amiable to all, he was incapable of making an enemy. He was matchless in warfare, and as he surpassed all others in the grace of his person, so he outstripped them all in valour, cordiality, and the outstanding graciousness of his manner, in his generosity and his true integrity" From Otia Imperialia by Gervase of Tilbury, Henry the Young King's chaplain
Miraculous Number 5
"One thing appeares almost miraculous, namely, that almost all the world attached themselves to a man who was totally without resources, either in money or territory.” From The Topography of Ireland by Gerald of Wales