The comprehensive history of England, from the earliest period to the suppression of the Sepoy revolt, by C. MacFarlane and T. Thomson. Continued to signing of the treaty of San Stefano, Volume 1

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Page 137 - LET Erin remember the days of old, Ere her faithless sons betrayed her ; When Malachi wore the collar of gold Which he won from her proud invader ; When her kings with standard of green unfurled Led the Red-Branch Knights to danger, Ere the emerald gem of the western world Was set in the crown of a stranger.
Page 361 - To rise at five, to dine at nine, To sup at five, to sleep at nine. The famous king Petosiris's magic was different...
Page 481 - ... clergy and laity, is rendered, as it were, the common jest of both ! The jewel of the church is turned into the sport of the people, and what was hitherto the principal gift of the clergy and divines, is made for ever common to the laity.
Page 103 - And now, therefore, be it known to you all, that I have dedicated my life to God, to govern my kingdoms with justice, and to observe the right in all things. If...
Page 224 - At the same time they conciliated the English people of the north by a strong appeal to the local superstitions — they invoked the names of the saints of Saxon race whom they had been wont to treat with little respect; and the popular banners of St. Cuthbert of Durham (or, according to some, of St. Peter of York), St. John of Beverley, and St. Wilfrid of...
Page 399 - that he had been invited to York to marry the princess of England, not to treat of affairs of state : and that he could not take a step so important without the knowledge and approbation of his parliament.
Page 256 - Henry, king of England, duke of Normandy and Aquitaine, and earl of Anjou, to all his liegemen, English, Norman, Welsh and Scotch, and to all the nations under his dominion, sends greeting.
Page 196 - England," said the dying monarch, " I bequeath it to no one, as I did not receive it, like the duchy of Normandy, in inheritance from my father, but acquired it by conquest and the shedding of blood with mine own good sword. The succession to that kingdom I therefore leave to the decision of God, only desiring most fervently that my son William, who hath ever been dutiful to me, may obtain it, and prosper in it.
Page 132 - The clergy, contented with a very slight degree of learning, could scarcely stammer out the words of the sacraments ; and a person who understood grammar, was an object of wonder and astonishment. The monks mocked the rule of their order by fine vestments, and the use of every kind of food. The nobility, given up to luxury and wantonness, went not to church in the morning after the manner of Christians, but merely, in a careless manner, heard matins and masses from a hurrying priest in their chambers,...
Page 48 - Britons however stain themselves with woad (ae vitro injiciunl), which makes them of a blue tinge, and gives them a more fearful appearance in battle : they also wear their hair long, and shave every part of the body except the head and the upper lip. Every ten or twelve of them have their wives in common, especially brothers with brothers and parents with children ; but if any children are born they are accounted the children of those by whom first each virgin was espoused.

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