Part One. In the days long ago when knights were brave and venturesome, lived Lord Huldbrand of Ringstetten. The Duke's daughter, Bertalda, Huldbrand's kinswoman was the most famous beauty in that section, and Lord Huldbrand was one of the cavaliers who vainly sought to win favor in her eyes. Just beyond the Duke's domains was a gloomy stretch of woods, known as the enchanted forest. It was said to be the resort of all kinds of spirits and goblins, and travelers durst not venture there. The haughty Lady Bertalda was struck with the idea that here was a way to prove her power over her admirers. To the one who would dare to make a midnight trip through the enchanted forest she offered a bow of ribbon, fashioned by her own fair hands, which did not seem much of a prize except to the infatuated young men. At that, however, Huldbrand was the only one who dared to tempt fate. Bravely he rode through the forest, pestered and annoyed by spirits, until at last faint and exhausted, he saw the ...
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