Little Arthur's History of England

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Murray, 1866 - Great Britain - 253 pages

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This book has been passed on to me this year 2015. It belonged to my late husband who immigrated to South Africa in 1948 aged 11. The family traveled by ship through the Suez Canal to SA. The book was left with his cousin in the UK when they left. I as a South African visit the UK each year and was delighted that this book was found in his cousins attic and was presented to me. I have read it and leaned so much about the history of England. Historic places I have visited over the years make a lot more sense to me now. This year I visited Wales for the first time and reading this book has given me a new outlook on the history of the Welsh. Little Arthur was a lucky boy to receive such a simple but intense explanation of the history of England and I am lucky to have read it too. Laurette Ford.  

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Page 192 - ... them concerning their duty and loyal observance to the queen their mother, the prince that was his successor, love to the Duke of York, and his other relations.
Page 132 - Had I but served God as diligently as I have served the king, he would not have forsaken me in my gray hairs.
Page 192 - ... fair diamonds, and the reverse set with the like number; and again kissing his children, had such pretty and pertinent answers from them both, as drew tears of joy and love from his eyes; and then praying God Almighty to bless 'em, he turned about, expressing a tender and fatherly affection. Most sorrowful was this parting...
Page 164 - ... of the Roman Catholic bishops and clergy of Ireland was held at Kilkenny, in which they unanimously declared the war against the English Parliament, for the defence of the Catholic religion, and for the maintenance of the royal prerogative, to be just and lawful.
Page 192 - Condition, as appear'd by her sorrowful Look and excessive weeping ; and her little Brother seeing his Sister weep, he took the like Impression, though by reason of his tender Age he could not have the like Apprehension. The King...
Page 23 - Alfred was king; and indeed at the beginning of his reign they went on doing quite as much, and he had more than fifty battles to fight, before he could drive , them away from England. When he was first made king, he had not one town where the people dared to obey him, for fear of the Danes; and he was obliged to disguise himself in poor clothes, and to live with a farmer, who did not know him, as a servant.
Page 2 - Britons had such poor houses and beds, that they were not much better off for clothes. In the winter they used to wrap themselves up in the skins of the beasts they could shoot with their bows and arrows. In the summer they were naked, and instead of clothes they put paint upon their bodies. They were very fond of a fine blue colour, which they made of a plant, called Woad, which they found in their woods. They squeezed out the juice of the Woad, and then stained themselves all over with it, so that...

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