The history of England from the accession of James ii, Volume 2 (Google eBook)

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Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1849
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Contents

Their republican Spirit
60
Diminution of the Importance of England after the Accession
69
The Separation between the Church and the Puritans becomes
75
Accession and Character of Charles the First
83
The Star Chamber and High Commission
89
A Parliament called and dissolved
95
The Irish Rebellion
105
Commencement of the Civil War
113
Domination and Character of the Army
120
His Execution 7 128
128
The Protectorate of Oliver
134
Oliver succeeded by Richard
140
Monk and the Army of Scotland march into England
145
Second Expulsion of the Long Parliament
146
The Conduct of those who restored the House of Stuart unjustly
151
Religious Dissension 157
157
Character of Charles the Second
167
General Election of 1661
174
Profligacy of the Politicians of that Age
181
The Government becomes unpopular in England
187
Opposition in the House of Commons
194
The Triple Alliance
202
Origin of the Church of England 51
210
Treaty of Dover
211
Meeting of the Parliament 219
219
Embarrassing Situation of the Country Party
227
Dealings of that Party with the French Embassy
228
First General Election of 1679
236
Character of Halifax
242
Prorogation of the Parliament Habeas Corpus Act
248
Sidney Godolphin
255
Parliament held at Oxford and dissolved Tory Reaction
261
Flight of Monmouth 615
262
Detection of the Whig Conspiracies Severity of the Govern
268
Policy of Lewis _ _
276
The Increase of Population greater in the North than in the South
284
Her peculiar Character
294
The Navy
298
The Ordnance
305
State of Agriculture 311
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Page 161 - But bearbaiting, then a favourite diversion of high and low, was the abomination which most strongly stirred the wrath of the austere sectaries. It is to be remarked that their antipathy to this sport had nothing in common with the feeling which has, in our own time, induced the legislature to interfere for the purpose of protecting beasts against the wanton cruelty of men. The Puritan hated bearbaiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators.
Page 366 - In Covent Garden a filthy and noisy market was held close to the dwellings of the great. Fruit women screamed, carters fought, cabbage stalks and rotten apples accumulated in heaps at the thresholds of the Countess of Berkshire and of the Bishop of Durham...
Page 612 - The LORD God of gods, the LORD God of gods, he knoweth, and Israel he shall know ; if it be in rebellion, or if in transgression against the LORD, (save us not this day...
Page 433 - ... .Gentlemen arranged parties of pleasure to Bridewell on court days, for the purpose of seeing the wretched women who beat hemp there whipped. A man pressed to death for refusing to plead, a woman burned for coining, excited less sympathy than is now felt for a galled horse or an overdriven ox.
Page 336 - ... listeners, might not only be always ready in fine weather for bowls, and in rainy weather for shovelboard, but might also save the expense of a gardener, or of a groom.
Page 379 - The chief cause which made the fusion of the different elements of society so imperfect was the extreme difficulty which our ancestors found in passing from place to place. Of all inventions, the alphabet and the printing-press alone excepted, those inventions which abridge distance have done most for the civilisation of our species.
Page 181 - ... sanction of the head of the Church, publicly recited by female lips in female ears, while the author of the Pilgrim's Progress languished in a dungeon for the crime of proclaiming the gospel to the poor. It is an unquestionable and a most instructive fact that the years during which the political power of the Anglican hierarchy was in the zenith were precisely the years during which national virtue was at the lowest point.
Page 379 - Hackney coachmen splashed him from head to foot. Thieves explored with perfect security the huge pockets of his horseman's coat, while he stood entranced by the splendour of the Lord Mayor's show. Moneydroppers...
Page 515 - Rival nations and hostile sects have agreed in canonizing him. England is proud of his name. A great commonwealth beyond the Atlantic regards him with a reverence similar to that which the Athenians felt for Theseus, and the Romans for Quirinus. The respectable society of which he was a member honours him as an apostle. By pious men of other persuasions he is generally regarded as a bright pattern of Christian virtue.
Page 379 - On the other hand, when the lord of a Lincolnshire or Shropshire manor appeared in Fleet Street, he was as easily distinguished from the resident population as a Turk or a Lascar. His dress, his gait, his accent, the manner in which he...

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