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1847 - Walbran, John Richard - Harrogate Visitors Hand Book

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Date 1847
Author [Walbran, John Richard]; [Smith, Alfred]
Title The Harrogate Visitors Hand Book
Mentions Robin Hood; Curtal Friar;
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Ruins of Fountains Abbey.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2016-11-25. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-12-18.

Allusion

The picturesque effect, the magnitude, and the beautiful architecture of these ruins are not their only claim on our attention. They powerfully appeal to the mind by their association with ages past, the palmy days of monastic prosperity — the abbey, a place of learning when all around was ignorance &hdash; exercising an unbounded influence over the minds of men, when dominion elsewhere was held by force — entire in its magnificence, "when the castles of the nobility were dungeons, and the mansions of the gentry little better than hovels." Even a favourite legend of our boyhood has its locality here; and if we should task imagination to restore this roofless and tenantless pile, and people it with grave Cistercians, habited in coarse white robes and long black hoods, some gayer person- [p. 27:] ages in Lincoln green might intrude upon the scene, and the foreground be enlivened by the aquatic adventure of Robin Hood, and the merry outlaws' encounter with the Curtal Friar and the Ban-Dogs of Fountains.[1]

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