Permit me, my dear friend, to inscribe to you this very imperfect Life of your beloved Queen, in remembrance of that dear old time when the world was brighter and more beautiful than it is now (or so it seemeth to me) and things in general were pleasanter;—when better books were written, especially biographies, and there were fewer of them;—when the "gentle reader" and the "indulgent critic" were extant;— when Realism had not shouldered his way into Art;—when there were great actors and actresses of the fine old school, like Macready and the elder Booth—Helen Faucit and Charlotte...
The author of this series has made it his special object to confine himself very strictly, even in the most minute details which he records, to historic truth. The narratives are not tales founded upon history, but history itself, without any embellishment or any deviations from the strict truth, so far as it can now be discovered by an attentive examination of the annals written at the time when the events themselves occurred.
We next turn over a new leaf, and open upon a pompous dedication, which answers many laudable purposes:
if a coat of arms, correctly engraven, should step first into view, we consider it a singular advantage gained
over a reader, like the first blow in a combat. The dedication itself becomes a pair of stilts, which advance an
author something higher.
A SHORT HISTORY OF SCOTLAND
CHAPTER I. SCOTLAND AND THE ROMANS.
If we could see in a magic mirror the country now called Scotland as it was when the Romans under Agricola (81 A.D.) crossed the Border, we should recognise little but the familiar hills and mountains. The rivers, in the plains, overflowed their present banks; dense forests of oak and pine, haunted by great red deer, elks, and boars, covered land that has long been arable. There were lakes and lagoons where for centuries there have been fields of corn. On the oldest sites of our towns were groups of huts...
This little book is meant for those who have never read any Welsh history before. It is not taken for granted that the reader knows either Latin or Welsh. A fuller outline may be read in The Story of Wales, in the "Story of the Nations" series; and a still fuller one in The Welsh People of Rhys and Brynmor Jones. Of fairly small and cheap books in various periods I may mention Rhys' Celtic Britain, Owen Rhoscomyl's Flame Bearers of Welsh History, Henry Owen's Gerald the Welshman, Bradley's Owen Glendower, Newell's Welsh Church, and Rees Protestant Non- conformity...
A preface rather induces a man to speak of himself, which is deemed the worst subject upon which he can speak. In history we become acquainted with things, but in a preface with the author; and, for a man to treat of himself, may be the most difficult talk of the two: for in history, facts are produced ready to the hand of the historian, which give birth to thought, and it is easy to cloath that thought in words. But in a preface, an author is obliged to forge from the brain, where he is sometimes known to...
the meane time, Brenne aduertised hereof, assembled a great nauie of ships, well furnished with people and
souldiers of the Norwegians, with the which he tooke his course homewards, but in the waie he [Sidenote:
Guilthdacus king of Denmarke.] was encountred by Guilthdacus king of Denmarke, the which had laid long in
wait for him, bicause of the yoong ladie which Brenne had maried, for whome he had béene a sutor to hir
father Elsing of long time.
Measured by the standards of duration, absence of violent commotions, maintenance of law and order, general
prosperity and contentment of the people, and by the extent of its influence on the institutions and political
thought of other lands, the English government has been one of the most remarkable the world has ever
It is the object of this series of histories to present a clear, distinct, and connected narrative of the lives of those great personages who have in various ages of the world made themselves celebrated as leaders among mankind, and, by the part they have taken in the public affairs of great nations, have exerted the widest influence on the history of the human race. The end which the author has had in view is twofold: first, to communicate such information in respect to the subjects of his narratives as is important for the general reader to possess; and,...
The history of the English people would have been a great and a noble history whatever king had ruled over the land seven hundred years ago. But the history as we know it, and the mode of government which has actually grown up among us is in fact due to the genius of the great king by whose will England was guided from 1154 to 1189. He was a foreign king who never spoke the English tongue, who lived and moved for the most part in a foreign camp, surrounded with a motley host of Brabançons and hirelings; and...
When, amidst various literary pursuits, I first applied my mind to the compilation of history, I determined, lest
I should appear ungrateful to my native land, to describe, to the best of my abilities, my own country and its
adjoining regions; and afterwards, under God's guidance, to proceed to a description of more distant
Till about the Year of Grace 860 there were no kings in Norway, nothing but numerous jarls,--essentially
kinglets, each presiding over a kind of republican or parliamentary little territory; generally striving each to be
on some terms of human neighborhood with those about him, but,--in spite of "_Fylke Things_" (Folk Things,
little parish parliaments), and small combinations of these, which had gradually formed themselves,--often
reduced to the unhappy state of quarrel with them.