Merrill's English History

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General Books LLC, 2009 - Literary Collections - 182 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 Excerpt: ...up strong and tall and became a grave, stately man, the foolish, king always called him "Baby." King James had also a daughter, Elizabeth, who married the German prince Frederic, Count Palatine. His territory, which was called the Palatinate, lay near the Rhine, having Heidelberg for its capital city. The marriage pleased the English, because Frederic was a Protestant prince, and they had feared that James would marry all his children to Roman Catholics. But it was not a very fortunate marriage. Elizabeth was remarkably beautiful, but not very prudent; and at the end of a few years she persuaded her husband to accept the kingdom of Bohemia. Bohemia was governed by the Emperor of Germany; it was inhabited partly by Protestants and partly by Roman Catholics, and the Protestants, who thought themselves ill-used, resolved to have a Protestant king. They offered their crown to Count Frederic, who was unwise enough to accept it without taking steps to maintain himself in the kingdom. The emperor soon drove him out of Bohemia, and then took from him his own country of the Palatinate; and then unfortunate Frederic and Elizabeth were obliged to fly to Holland, where they lived upon the bounty of their friends. They had a great many sons and daughters; some of them will be mentioned in the course of this history, especially Prince Rupert. The people of England wished much to go to war with the emperor, but King James could not be persuaded to draw the sword, even to restore his daughter and her husband to their own territory. He was afraid that he might displease the King of Spain, who was in alliance with the emperor; and he would not offend the Spaniards, because he wished to marry his son Charles to a Spanish princess. The thought of this marriage was ha...

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