The Fool (Bailey)

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The Fool  (1921) 
by H. C. Bailey
[Edition: London: Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1921.] Chapters 1 to 13 were first published as individual novelettes (2 or 3 chapters combined to form one) in Everybody's Magazine, from May to August 1921.

The prospective reader of this medieval romance had best have a rudimentary knowledge of twelfth century English history, since its major characters, but for Bran, the purely fictitious fool, are King Stephen and Queen Matilda, Thomas a Becket, Henry II and his wife, Eleanor, their sons, John and Richard Coeur de Lion. [...] Not by any means a second "Ivanhoe," the book is still an exceptionally solid specimen. —extract from the review in The Saturday Review, July 1927




First Published in 1921



  1. chappage
  2. I. Playing Knuckle-Bones 1
  3. II. The Empress goes Riding 10
  4. III. Telling Fortunes 23
  5. IV. King by Right 31
  6. V. Quest of a Queen 44
  7. VI. The Queen's Deliverance 52
  8. VII. The Queen's Choice 58
  9. VIII. The Old World 67
  10. IX. The Old Justice 76
  11. X. Flint and Steel 92
  12. XI. The Fire 101
  13. XII. The Ashes 108
  14. XIII. Of a Child 115
  15. XIV. Of a Witch 122
  16. XV. Dead Lives 129
  17. XVI. "What shall He Have that Killed the Deer?" 140
  18. XVII. The Hammer 149
  19. XVIII. The Ironmaster 155
  20. XIX. When Friends Fall Out 165
  21. XX. The Battle 175
  22. XXI. The Triumph 185
  23. XXII. Long Live the King! 192
  24. XXIII. Brothers 199
  25. XXIV. The Pilgrim 209
  26. XXV. Iron 217
  27. XXVI. The Queen's Embroidery 225
  28. XXVII. The Holy City 241
  29. catalogue

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1927.

The author died in 1961, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 60 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.