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In the Fire of the Forge: A Romance of Old Nuremberg — Complete
On the eve of St. Medards Day in the year 1281, the moon, which had just risen, was shining brightly upon the imperial free city of Nuremberg; its rays found their way into the street leading from the strong Marienthurm to the Frauenthor, but entrance to the Ortlieb mansion was barred by a house, a watchtower, andmost successfully of allby a tall linden tree. Yet there was something to be seen here which even now, when Nuremberg sheltered the Emperor Rudolph and so many secular and ecclesiastical princes, counts, and knights, awakened Lunas curiosity. True, this something had naught in common with the brilliant spectacles of which there was no lack during this month of June; on the contrary, it was very quiet here. An imperial command prohibited the soldiery from moving about the city at night, and the Frauenthor, through which during the day plenty of people and cattle passed in and out had been closed long before. Very few of the worthy burgherswho went to bed betimes and rose so early that they rarely had leisure to enjoy the moonlight longpassed here at this hour. The last one, an honest master weaver, had moved with a very crooked gait. As he saw the moon doublelike everything else around and above himhe had wondered whether the man up there had a wife. He expected no very pleasant reception from his own at home. The watchman, whothe moon did not exactly know whylingered a short time in front of the Ortlieb mansion, followed the burgher. Then came a priest who, with the sacristan and several lantern bearers, was carrying the sacrament to a dying man in St. Clarengasse. ......Buy Now (To Read More)
Ebook Number: 5551
Author: Ebers, Georg
Release Date: Nov 15, 2004
Translator: Safford, Mary J.
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