THE LETTER TO WALTER ON THE ILLUSTRIOUS MEN OF HIS AGE
THE ACTS OF KING STEPHEN, BY AN ANONYMOUS AUTHOR
INDEX TO HUNTINGDON'S POEMS
DESCRIPTION OF THE FRONTISPIECE.
The plate is copied from a pen-and-ink drawing in the margin of a
MS. of Huntingdon’s History, in the British Museum, of the fourteenth
century. One of King Stephen's barons, Baldwin Fitz-Gilbert, appears in
the act of addressing the royal army before the battle of Lincoln, the issue of
which was so disastrous to Stephen’s fortunes, he having been taken priso-
ner on the field. Baldwin is standing on a hillock, according to the his-
tory, and leaning on his battle-axe. The army is represented by its leaders--
knights in chain armour-among whom we discover, by the device on his
shield, one of the powerful family of De Clare, to which Baldwin belonged.
Stephen himself, distinguished by the diadem encircling his helmet, stands
in front of the group, listening to the address which, we are told, he deputed
Baldwin to make, because his own voice was not sufficiently powerful. An
attendant has dismounted, and is holding his horse.