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ONE thing that my master learnt at Rome was this. It seems that many rich men leave part of their money to the Emperor, and the rest to their wives and children, or, it may be, to other relatives and friends. They think that if the Emperor gets a share for himself, he will, for very shame, let the others have what belongs to them.
Boadicea (continued)
C. You promised, grandfather, to finish the story of the Queen. G. You shall hear it, though it was a miserable business from beginning to end. Well, after the Roman towns had been destroyed, many of our people, not so much the Queen's own tribe as those that had joined in afterwards, began to slip away with their plunder.
Story Of Vortigern
THERE had been a battle at the Ford of the river Wye between Griffith, one of the Princes of Wales, and the West Saxons. The Welsh had won the day, not a little by the help of the young Prince Constantine, who had come from the British kingdom of Cumbria, in the hope of marrying the sister of Prince Griffith.
The Story Of King Arthur
Tell us about the great King Arthur.
How England Became Christian
WHATEVER success the Britons may have had, it did not last very long. The English, Saxons, Jutes, and others fterwards all called English came pouring over from the countries about the mouths of the Elbe in North Germany, and the Britons could not stand against these daring sailors and fierce warriors.
How England Became Christian (continued)
BUT how about the Angels of Deira, for Deira was a long way from Ethelbert's kingdom of Kent? Many years nearly fifty from the day when the three fair-haired boys stood in the market-place of Rome were to pass before they heard the good news of the Saviour Christ.
King Alfred
WE have heard in the last two chapters of several kingdoms, Kent, for instance, Deira, East Anglia, Mercia, Wessex. There were others which I need not name, two or even three more, so that this time, roughly the two hundred and fifty years between 577 and 827, has been called the Time of the Seven Kingdoms, or the Time of the Eight Kingdoms.
How King Athelstan Fought At Brunanburgh
EDWARD, surnamed the Elder, came after Alfred his father, and was so men said as good a leader in war and ruler in peace; and after Edward came Athelstan his son. To him his grandfather Alfred had showed special favour, giving him a purple cloak, and a belt adorned with jewels, and a sword in a scabbard of gold.
Story Of King Canute
ABOUT forty years after the death of the brave Athelstan, the kingdom of England came to a boy whose name was Ethelred. He was but ten years old when he became king, and during all his reign he and his people were in great trouble.
Harold The Earl
GODWIN, son of Wulfnoth, was a great man in the days of King Canute and of King Edward. Six sons he had, and a daughter that was married to King Edward, and of these sons the second in age was Harold.
Harold The King
NOT many days had passed after Harold was thus chosen and crowned King of England, when ambassadors came from William of Normandy, demanding of him that he should fulfil the promises that he had made and confirmed with an oath.
Harold The King (continued)
WHILE King Harold remained in York, to which city he returned after the battle, that he might rest himself and his army, there came a messenger from the south in hot haste with news that William, Duke of Normandy, had landed in England with a great host of men.
William, Duke Of Normandy
WILLIAM, who was afterwards called the Conqueror, was the son of a certain Robert who was Duke of Normandy.
William, King Of England
FOR one-and-twenty years did the Conqueror reign in England. Not a little good did he do in his new kingdom. First of all, so strong and resolute was he, he made all men, however great and powerful they might be, understand that they must obey the laws.
The Red King
As the Conqueror had desired, when he lay dying, that his son William should have England, so it came to pass. Seventeen days after his father's death he was crowned King, having first sworn that he would maintain justice and mercy throughout the realm, and that he would duly preserve all the rights of the Church.
Thomas Becket, The Chancellor
The Red King was succeeded by his younger brother Henry, who was surnamed Beauclerc, or Good Scholar, for he had been better educated than princes commonly were in those days, knowing even something of Latin ; and he did something for the better government of England.
Thomas Becket, The Archbishop
WHAT Becket had said, soon came to pass, for he fell out with the King. It would be long to tell all the causes of quarrel between them, but the chief was this, that the King desired to put the clergy under the common law of England, while Becket would have them judged by a law of their own, or by the Pope.
King Richard's Crusade
THE Crusades were expeditions undertaken by Christian nations at various times between the years 1095 and 1268, for the purpose of recovering out of the hands of its Mahometan conquerors the city of Jerusalem. The name Crusade is derived from one of the words which mean cross.
King Richard's Crusade (continued)
THE besiegers were greatly encouraged by the coming of King Richard.
King Richard's Crusade (continued) : The King Of France Goes Back
AFTER these things, the King of France left the Crusade and went to his own country. He said that it was better that there should be one king rather than two to command the army. But some would have it that he went to lay hands on the possessions of a certain great noble that had died during the siege of Acre.
Magna Charta
KING RICHARD was succeeded by his brother John. Of all English kings he was the worst,—worse even than the Red King, being not only wicked, but weak. Yet from this weakness and wickedness there came, as we shall see, great good to the English people.
Story Of Prince Edward
WHEN King John died, his son Henry III. was a boy of ten years old. He reigned for fifty-six years, longer than any English sovereign, except George III. and Queen Victoria.
Battle Of Bannockburn
EDWARD I. set his heart on making one kingdom of the island of Great Britain. First he conquered Wales ; and to his son Edward, who was born just then in the Welsh town of Carnarvon, he gave the title of Prince of Wales.
How King Edward III Won The Battle Of Sluys
IT has been said already, in the story of Becket, that the King of England at one time ruled more of France than the King of France himself; and that these possessions led in the end to a great deal of trouble. Time after time the English were called upon to fight for the provinces in France, and a great many lives were lost and much treasure spent.
Battle Of Crecy
IN July 1346, six years after the battle of Sluys, Edward III. landed at La Hogue in Normandy. His plan was to march eastward and join the Flemings (people of Flanders), who were in alliance with him, and who had themselves invaded France.
How Calais Was Taken
AFTER King Edward had won the Battle of Crécy, he laid siege to the town of Calais, which he was especially desirous of taking because the inhabitants had been accustomed for many years to do great damage to English ships in the Channel.
Great Battle Of Poitiers
PHILIP, who was king when the Battle of Crécy was fought, died in 1350, and John, his eldest son, succeeded him.In 1355 King John, hearing that the Black Prince had come out of Bordeaux, and had ravaged the country far and wide, gathered a great army, which he posted in such a way that the English could not return to Bordeaux without fighting.
California Road Runner
OF all the feathered denizens of the desert there is none that has such an amazing stock of peculiarities or so many odd and interesting combinations of absurd manners to show us as that unique bird, the California road-runner.
Neotomas, Or Pack Rats, Of The Desert
NOT long ago three prospectors, new to the game, decided to do something that all old prospectors know better than to attempt. They concluded to go partners on living together, each agreeing to pay his proportion of the expenses.
Billy Bob-tail, The Hermit Wood Rat
THE wind, that had spent the whole of its energies since sun-up blowing the sand in great sweeps across the oasis desert village, only seemed to redouble its efforts as the sun sank in redness below the western rim of the San Jacintos.
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