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Excerpt from The Family of Brocas of Beaurepaire and Roche Court: Hereditary Masters of the Royal Buckhounds; With Some Account of the English Rule in Aquitaine
The writer of these pages is willing to confess that he relies upon the earlier portions of this history, rather than the later, as likely to prove attractive to the general reader. But when that reader has been introduced to the Gascon history of the De Brocas family and their clan, to their gradual preparation for the service of the English Crown, and to the English career of the Brocas knights, he may fairly demand to know something about their subsequent fate; and if he finds that part of the story less interesting he will, at any rate, not find it long. Moreover he is not bound to study the Notes, Still less the Deeds, which are here presented to the little world of antiquaries with a sincere expression of regret that the task of editing them has not fallen into more experienced hands.
AS to the earlier portion of the narrative, if it has ever struck the thoughtful reader of history that there must be something to be said about the English rule in Aquitaine, or Gascony, for the great period of three hundred years, that such an imperial position cannot but have been a constituent element of the national life of England, and that it surely ought not to remain for ever enshrouded in its present palpable darkness, he may be glad to see even a few rays of light reﬂected upon the subject by the story of these Gascons.
When we come to the early experiences of the family which settled in England, the very enumeration of the offices they held under the Crown will Show that their career ought to make some contribution to our knowledge of a brilliant, but still very obscure, period of history.
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bound: 576 pages
publisher: Forgotten Books (May 14, 2017)
isbn: 1331594731, 978-1331594734,
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