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The Knight and the Horn
Gloucestershire


In a clearing of a Gloucestershire forest once stood a little mound, as high as a man, and possessed of a magical quality. Anyone wearied with the hunt or with journeying had but to leave his companions, climb the mound lone, and say, "I thirst." Immediately a cup-bearer would appear and present a large, gold-mounted horn, richly decorated with gems, and filled with a drink delicious as nectar. One day a knight of ill manners, having so refreshed himself, neglected to return the horn. But when the Earl of Gloucester learned of the theft, he sentenced the offender to death, and presented the horn to the King.

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