Footsteps to history, being an epitome of the histories of England and France, from the fifth to the nineteenth century

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Page 192 - Art. 4. — The state of siege is decreed in all the extent of the first military division. Art. 5. — The Council of State is dissolved. Art. 6. — The Minister of the Interior is charged with the execution of the present decree.
Page 192 - In the name of the French People. " The President of the Republic decrees — " Art. 1 . The National Assembly is dissolved. "Art. 2. Universal suffrage is re-established. The law of the 31st of May is repealed.
Page 38 - August. — I walk many times into the pleasant fields of the Holy Scriptures, where I pluck up the goodlisome herbes of sentences by pruning, eat them by reading, chew them by musing, and lay them up at length in the high seat of memorie, by gathering them together, that so having tasted their sweetness I may the less perceive the bitterness of this miserable life.
Page 25 - the pale and purple rose," were assumed to distinguish the rival factions during the memorable dispute between Somerset and the earl of Warwick, in the Temple Gardens, when Somerset, to collect the suffrages of the by-standers, plucked a red rose, and Warwick a white rose, and each called upon every man present to declare his party, by taking a rose of the colour chosen by him whose cause he favoured.
Page 14 - This fact, however, proves little more than that forks were known at an early period ; it is very certain that they were not in common use. The fingers and knives of folks served for many centuries afterwards to enable them to eat their several meals. Meat was at this period often brought to table on a spit, and served round by the attendants, when each guest as he pleased cut a portion with his knife. This fashion of serving is shewn on the Bayeux tapestry, and in numerous illuminations of a later...
Page xi - Nothing more was said on the fatal subject for some time ; and Harold was flattering himself that no serious consequences would arise from his unfortunate agreement with William, when the duke summoned a great council of his barons to meet at Avranches, or, according to another account, at Bayeux. 'The day preceding that fixed for the assembly, William had caused all the bones and relics of saints that were preserved in the convents and religious houses of the country round about to be secretly collected,...
Page 37 - Taylor, two other clergymen, whose zeal had been distinguished in carrying on the reformation, were the next that suffered. Taylor was put into a pitch barrel ; and before the fire was kindled, a faggot from an unknown hand was thrown at his head, which made it stream with blood. Still, however, he continued undaunted, singing the thirty-first psalm in English ; which one of the spectators observing, struck him a blow on the side of the head, and commanded him to pray in Latin.
Page 67 - My maxim is, never to abandon my friends, to do justice to all the world, and to fear no man.
Page 71 - Grenville, the marquess of Rockingham, the duke of Grafton, Lord North, Mr. Fox, and Lord Shelburne, held successively the chief offices in the administration. In 1783, Mr. Pitt, second son of Lord Chatham, was made prime minister, and, with only one short interval, retained that high office twenty-two years. In...
Page 53 - ... in the house of commons, but was rejected in the house of lords. The government of the church of England is episcopal.

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