William the Conqueror

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Harper & Brothers, 1877 - Great Britain - 291 pages
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Page 2 - The pleasant books, that silently among Our household treasures take familiar places, And are to us as if a living tongue Spake from the printed leaves or pictured faces...
Page 231 - Their propositions. such a manner that the spies mistook them for priests. They told Harold, accordingly, on their return, that there were more priests in "William's camp than there were soldiers in all his army. During this eventful day, William too sent a body of horsemen across the country which separated the two encampments, though his emissaries were not spies, but embassadors, with propositions for peace. William had no wish to fight a battle, if what he considered as rightfully his kingdom...
Page 48 - Then, pointing to the beautiful boy by his side, he added, " I have a little fellow here, who, though he is little now, I acknowledge, will grow bigger by and by, with God's grace, and I have great hopes that he will become a brave and gallant man. I present him to you, and from this time forth I give him seizin* of the Duchy of Normandy as my known and acknowledged heir. And I appoint Alan, duke of Brittany, governor of Normandy in my name until I shall return, and in case I shall not return, in...
Page 168 - I know nothing certain about it," said he, " but I will soon learn." So saying, he advanced toward William, and accosted him by saying, "Why should you conceal from us your news ? It is reported in the city that the King of England is dead, and that Harold has violated his oaths to you, and has seized the kingdom. Is that true ?" William acknowledged that that was the intelligence by which he had been so vexed and chagrined. Fitzosborne urged the duke not to allow such events to depress or dispirit...
Page 273 - Death of her daughter. health began seriously to decline. She was harassed by a great many anxieties and cares connected with the affairs of state which devolved upon her, and arising from the situation of her family : these anxieties produced great dejection of spirits...
Page 19 - Rollo seems not to have considered this banishment as any very great calamity, since, far from interrupting his career of piracy and plunder, it only widened the field on which he was to pursue it. He accordingly increased the equipment and the force of his fleet, enlisted more followers, and set sail across the northern part of the German Ocean toward the British shores. Off the north-western coast of Scotland there are some groups of mountainous and gloomy islands, which have been, in many different...
Page 2 - Never lend a borrowed book, but return it as soon as you are through with it, so that the owner may not be deprived of its use.
Page 22 - Charles was able to offer him any effectual opposition. Rouen was already a strong place, but Rollo made it stronger. He enlarged and repaired the fortifications, built store-houses, established a garrison, and, in a word, made all the arrangements requisite for securing an impregnable position for himself and his army. A long and obstinate war followed between Rollo and Charles, Rollo being almost uniformly victorious in the combats that took place.

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