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  • n. Plural form of palfrey.


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  • Anne appeared next, seated upon a silver-draped litter that resembled a Roman chariot, pulled by two matching palfreys in leather harness and plumed headdresses.

    The Tudors: King Takes Queen

  • The room was crowded with furniture, more than could be useful, and the tables and chairs had the delicacy and slender legs of the palfreys they breed for dames to ride; I was used to sturdier stuff.


  • They mounted in silence the palfreys which stood prepared for them, while their attendant on foot led the way, and gave the passwords and signals to the watchful guards, whose posts they passed in succession.

    Quentin Durward

  • He found, at this place of rendezvous, the men and horses appointed to compose the retinue, leading two sumpter mules already loaded with baggage, and holding three palfreys for the two Countesses and a faithful waiting woman, with a stately war horse for himself, whose steel plated saddle glanced in the pale moonlight.

    Quentin Durward

  • Thiebault appeared before the gate, not with the tired steeds from which they had dismounted an hour since, but with fresh palfreys from the stable of the King.

    Anne of Geierstein

  • Two palfreys, somewhat distinguished by their trappings, were designed for Anne of Geierstein and her favorite female attendant.

    Anne of Geierstein

  • On the present occasion, he witnessed with wonder and awe the approach of some half-score of riders, sober men upon sober palfreys, muffled in their long black garments, and only relieved by their white scapularies, showing more like a funeral procession than aught else, and not quickening their pace beyond that which permitted easy conversation and easy digestion.

    The Monastery

  • Men now led forth the palfreys; for they would ride away.

    The Nibelungenlied

  • The palfreys came, the ladies rode away; but many a bold man followed the noble queens.

    The Nibelungenlied

  • As I have said, the palfreys now stood ready in the courtyard for the noble maids.

    The Nibelungenlied


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