Books: Mildly Mock-Archaic

MEN LIKE SHADOWS (343 pp.)—Dorothy Charques — Coward-McCann ($3.75).

The boar, an old one and cunning, broke cover near the chalk pit and charged straight for the line of trees that hid its edge. After him clattered the whole hunt—King Richard the Lion Heart in the lead. At the rim of the chalk pit the boar pivoted and scuttled off to safety, while the beguiled lead hounds fell yelping into space.

"Christ, oh Christ . . . the King's horse!" cried a looker-on. "No one can check him!" At that instant John of Oversley, a young English squire,...

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