A Biographical History of England, from Egbert the Great to the Revolution: Consisting of Characters Disposed in Different Classes, and Adapted to a Methodical Catalogue of Engraved British Heads. Intended as an Essay Towards Reducing Our Biography to System, and a Help to the Knowledge of Portraits. Interspersed with Variety of Anecdotes, and Memoirs of a Great Number of Persons. With a Preface, Volume 1, Part 1

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Page 198 - The men's ruffs were generally of a moderate fize, the women's bore a proportion to their farthingales, which were enormous. We are informed, that fome beaux had actually introduced long fwords and high ruffs, which approached the royal ftandard.
Page 185 - This accompliihed gentleman feems to have been the delight and admiration of the age of Elizabeth, rather for the variety, than the greatnefs of his genius. He that was the ornament of the univerfity, was alfo the ornament of the court ; and appeared with equal advantage in a field of battle, or at a tournament ; in a private converfation among his friends, or in a public character as an ambaflador.
Page 224 - But we need not cross the sea for examples of this kind ; we have too many (God wot) at home ; King James a great while was loth to believe there were witches, but that which happened to my Lord Francis of Rutland's children convinced him...
Page 175 - Armada, and was constantly employed in literary pursuits at sea and land. His learning was continually improved into habits of life, and helped greatly to advance his knowledge of men and things; and he became a better soldier, a better sea-officer, an abler statesman, and a more accomplished courtier, in proportion as he was a better scholar.
Page 198 - Englifli, in the reign of Elizabeth, cut the hair clofe on the middle of the head, but fuflered it to grow on either fide. As it is ufual in drefs, as in other things, to pafs from one extreme to...
Page 199 - He prefented the queen with a pair of perfumed gloves, and her portrait was painted with them upon...
Page 123 - Letters," that the Spanifh word for a farthingale literally tranflated, fignifies coverinfanty as if it was intended to conceal pregnancy. It is perhaps of more honourable extraction, and might fignify cover-infanta.
Page 262 - Sophi in 1612. The next year he published an account of his travels. He was, by the emperor of Germany, raised to the dignity of a count ; and the king of Spain made him admiral of the Levant Sea. He died in Spain after the year 1 630.
Page 212 - ... engaged the attention of this excellent young prince, who seems to have had neither leisure nor inclination for the pursuits of vice or pleasure. The dignity of his behaviour, and his manly virtues, were respected by every rank and order of men. Though he was...

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