When the Weaver
brought out a square
embroidered with lions and castles, as depicted in the illustration,
pilgrims disputed among themselves as to the meaning of these
The Knight, however,
who was skilled
in heraldry, explained that they
were probably derived from the lions and castles borne in the arms of
Ferdinand III., the King of Castile and Leon, whose daughter was the
first wife of our Edward I.
In this he was
puzzle that the Weaver proposed was this. "Let us, for the nonce, see,"
saith he, "if there be any of the company that can show how this piece of cloth may be cut
into four several pieces, each of the same size and
shape, and each piece bearing a lion and a castle."
It is not recorded
that anybody mastered this puzzle, though it is quite possible of
solution in a satisfactory manner.
No cut may pass through any part of
lion or a castle.