William Hickling Prescott

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Macmillan, 1905 - Historians - 186 pages
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Page 115 - ON the library wall of one of the most famous writers of America, there hang two crossed swords, which his relatives wore in the great War of Independence. The one sword was gallantly drawn in the service of the king, the other was the weapon of a brave and honored republican soldier. The possessor of the harmless trophy has earned for himself a name alike honored in his ancestors' country and his own, where genius such as his has always a peaceful welcome.
Page 140 - Corte.s and his squadrons, with the baggage, ammunition wagons, and a part of the artillery. But before they had time to defile across the narrow passage, a gathering sound was heard, like that of a mighty forest agitated by the winds. It grew louder and louder, while on the dark waters of the lake was heard a plashing noise, as of many oars. Then came a few stones and arrows striking at random among the hurrying troops. They fell every moment faster...
Page 162 - Friends and comrades!' he said, 'on that side are toil, hunger, nakedness, the drenching storm, desertion, and death ; on this side, ease and pleasure. There lies Peru with its riches ; here Panama and its poverty. Choose, each man, what best becomes a brave Castiliun. For my part I go to the south.
Page 52 - I contrive to embrace the gift of the Spanish subject, without involving myself in the unwieldy, barbarous records of a thousand years ? What new and interesting topics may be admitted — not forced — into the reigns of Ferdinand and Isabella? Can I not indulge in a retrospective picture of the Constitutions of Castile and Aragon, — of the Moorish dynasties, and the causes of their decay and dissolution? Then I have the Inquisition, with its bloody persecutions; the Conquest of Granada, a brilliant...
Page 140 - As they passed along the lanes and alleys which opened into the great street, or looked down the canals, whose polished surface gleamed with a sort of ebon lustre through the obscurity of night, they easily fancied that they discerned the shadowy forms of their foe lurking in ambush and ready to spring on them. But it was only fancy; and the city slept undisturbed even by the prolonged echoes of the tramp of the horses and the hoarse rumbling of the artillery and baggage trains. At length a lighter...
Page 167 - Thanks to the liberality of many modern governments of Europe, the archives where the state-secrets of the buried centuries have so long mouldered, are now open to the student of history. To him who has patience and industry many mysteries are thus revealed, which no political sagacity or critical acumen could have divined. He leans over the shoulder of Philip the Second at his writing-table, as the King spells patiently out, with cipherkey in hand, the most concealed hieroglyphics of Parma or Guise...
Page 188 - Price, 75 cents net GEORGE ELIOT. By Leslie Stephen. WILLIAM HAZLITT. By Augustine Birrell. MATTHEW ARNOLD. By Herbert W. Paul. JOHN RUSKIN. By Frederic Harrison. JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER. -By Thomas W. Higginson. ALFRED TENNYSON. By Alfred Lyall. SAMUEL RICHARDSON. By Austin Dobson. ROBERT BROWNING. By GK Chesterton. CRABBE. By Alfred Ainger.
Page 139 - The night was cloudy, and a drizzling rain, which fell without intermission, added to the obscurity. The great square before the palace was deserted, as, indeed, it had been since the fall of Montezuma.
Page 76 - When I gave it up to him, I, in a manner, gave him up my bread ; for I depended upon the profit of it to recruit my waning finances. I had no other subject at hand to supply its place. I was dismounted from my cheval de bataille, and have never been completely mounted since.
Page 167 - You have laid it on Philip rather hard. Indeed you have whittled him down to such an imperceptible point that there is hardly enough of him left to hang a newspaper paragraph on, much less five or six volumes of solid history as I propose to do. But then you make it up with your own hero, William of Orange, and I comfort myself with the reflection that you are looking through a pair of Dutch spectacles after all.

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