A History of the Life of Richard Coeur-de-Lion, King of England

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Page 2 - ... one of the most important as well as one of the most legitimate sources of his power.
Page 34 - The scholars dispute there for exercise sake ; some use demonstrations, others topical and probable arguments ; some practice enthymemes, others do better use perfect syllogisms ; some exercise themselves in dispute for ostentation, which is practised among such as strive together for victory ; others dispute for truth, which...
Page 90 - JT is now above sixteen years, that, on a doubtful and disputed claim to the crown, the rage of civil war has almost continually infested this kingdom. During this melancholy period how much blood has been shed ! what devastations and misery have been brought on...
Page 91 - This great and noble nation has been delivered a prey to the basest of foreigners, the abominable scum of Flanders, Brabant, and Bretagne, robbers rather than soldiers, restrained by no laws, divine or human, tied to no country, subject to no prince, instruments of all tyranny, violence, and oppression. At the same time, our cruel neighbours, the...
Page 92 - But let us not hope, that, be our victory ever so complete, it will give any lasting peace to this kingdom. Should Henry fall in this battle, there are two other brothers to succeed to his claim, and support his faction, perhaps with less merit, but certainly with as much ambition as he.
Page 92 - Poictevins, I know not who, are come over with Henry Plantagenet, the son of Matilda; and many more, no doubt, will be called to assist him, as soon as ever his affairs abroad will permit; by whose help, if he be victorious, England must pay the price of their services : our lands, our honours, must be the hire of these rapacious invaders.
Page 37 - ... contracting marriages, celebration of nuptials, preparing feasts, cheering the guests, and also in care for funerals and the interment of the dead. The only pests of London are the immoderate drinking of fools and the frequency of fires.
Page 96 - Pyrenean mountains. By governing in his youth, so many different states, he will learn to govern us, and come to the crown after the decease of king Stephen, accomplished in all the arts of good policy. His mother has willingly resigned to him her pretensions, or rather she acknowledges that his are superior : we therefore can have nothing to apprehend on that side.
Page 95 - His greatness abroad will increase the power of this kingdom ; it will make us respectable and formidable to France. England will be the head of all those ample dominions, which extend from the British Ocean to the Pyrennean mountains. By governing in his youth so many different states, he will learn to govern us, and come to the crown after the decease of King Stephen, accomplished in all the arts of good policy.

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