Hanour and Glory Griffiths to Horace

Hanour and Glory Griffiths. Captain Griffiths, in the reign of William IV., was so called, because he used to address his letters to the Admiralty, to “Their Honours and Glories at the Admiralty.”

Honour of the Spear, a tournament.

He came to Runa’s echoing halls, and sought the honour of the spear.—Ossian: The War of Inis-Thona

Honour paid to Learning. A Spaniard travelled from Cadiz to Rome, solely for the purpose of beholding Livy the historian, and, after he had seen him, returned home again.

When Alexander besieged Thebes, he spared the house of Pindar out of reverence to the great poet. (See WISDOM, honour paid to; Homer, P.498).

Honours (Crushed by his or her).

(1) Tarpeia (3syl), daughter of Tarpeius (governor of the citadel of Rome), promised to open the gates to Tatius, if his soldiers would give her the ornaments they wore on their arms. As the soldiers entered the gate, they threw on her their shields, and crushed her to death, saying, “These are the ornaments we Sabines wear on our arms.”

(2) Draco, the Athenian le gislator, was crushed to death in the theatre of Ægina by the number of caps and cloaks showered on him by the audience, as a mark of honour.

(3) Elagabalus, the Roman emperor, invited the leading men of Rome to a banquet, and, under pretence of showing them honour, rained roses upon them till they were smothered to death.

Hood (Robin), a famous English out-law. Stow places him in the reign of Richard I., but others make him live at divers periods between Cœur de Lion and Edward II. His chief haunt was Sherwood Forest, in Nottinghamshire. Ancient ballads abound with anecdotes of his personal courage, his skill in archery, his generosity, and his great popularity. It is said that he robbed the rich, but gave largely to the poor; and that he protected women and children with chivalrous magnanimity. According to tradition, he was treacherously bled to death by a nun, at the command of his kinsman, the prior of Kirkless, in Notts.

Stukeley asserts that Robin Hood was Robert Fitzooth, earl of Huntingdon; and it is probable that his name hood, like capet given to the French king Hugues, refers to the cape or hood which he usually wore.

(The chief incidents of his life are recorded by Stow. Ritson has collected a volume of songs, ballads, and anecdotes called Robin Hood … that Celebrated English Outlaw (1795). Sir W. Scott has introduced him in his novel called Ivan-hoe, which makes the outlaw contemporary with Cœur de Lion. He is also mentioned by Scott in The Talisman.

Robin Hood’s Chaplain friar Tuck.

Robin Hood’s Men. T he most noted were Little John, whose surname was Nailor; William Scarlet, Scathelooke, or Scadlock, sometimes called two brothers; Will Stutly or Stukely; and Mutch the miller’s son.

Chief, beside the butts, there stand
Bold Robin Hood and all his band:
Friar Tuck with staff and cowl,
Old Scathelookewith his surly scowl,
Maid Marian fair as ivory bone,
Scarlet, and Mutch, and Little John.
   —Sir Walter Scott.

Robin Hood’s Mistress, the Maid Marian.

Hoods. Blue hoods, the party badge of Navarre; red hoods, the party badge of Paris; blue and red hoods, the party badge of Charles [V.], when dauphin; white hoods, the party badge of the Burgundians.

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