Category: History

William Shakespeare – Richard III

Enter GLOUCESTER, solus GLOUCESTER Now is the winter of our discontent Made glorious summer by this sun of York; And all the clouds that lour’d upon our house In the deep bosom of the ocean buried. Now are our brows bound with victorious wreaths; Our bruised arms hung up for monuments; Our stern alarums changed […]

William Shakespeare – Richard II

Enter KING RICHARD II, JOHN OF GAUNT, with other Nobles and Attendants KING RICHARD II Old John of Gaunt, time-honour’d Lancaster, Hast thou, according to thy oath and band, Brought hither Henry Hereford thy bold son, Here to make good the boisterous late appeal, Which then our leisure would not let us hear, Against the […]

William Shakespeare – King John

Enter KING JOHN, QUEEN ELINOR, PEMBROKE, ESSEX, SALISBURY, and others, with CHATILLON KING JOHN Now, say, Chatillon, what would France with us? CHATILLON Thus, after greeting, speaks the King of France In my behavior to the majesty, The borrow’d majesty, of England here. QUEEN ELINOR A strange beginning: ‘borrow’d majesty!’ KING JOHN Silence, good mother; […]

William Shakespeare – Henry VIII

I come no more to make you laugh: things now, That bear a weighty and a serious brow, Sad, high, and working, full of state and woe, Such noble scenes as draw the eye to flow, We now present. Those that can pity, here May, if they think it well, let fall a tear; The […]

William Shakespeare – Henry VI, Part 3

Alarum. Enter YORK, EDWARD, RICHARD, NORFOLK, MONTAGUE, WARWICK, and Soldiers WARWICK I wonder how the king escaped our hands. YORK While we pursued the horsemen of the north, He slily stole away and left his men: Whereat the great Lord of Northumberland, Whose warlike ears could never brook retreat, Cheer’d up the drooping army; and […]

William Shakespeare – Henry VI, Part 2

Flourish of trumpets: then hautboys. Enter KING HENRY VI, GLOUCESTER, SALISBURY, WARWICK, and CARDINAL, on the one side; QUEEN MARGARET, SUFFOLK, YORK, SOMERSET, and BUCKINGHAM, on the other SUFFOLK As by your high imperial majesty I had in charge at my depart for France, As procurator to your excellence, To marry Princess Margaret for your […]

William Shakespeare – Henry VI, Part 1

Dead March. Enter the Funeral of KING HENRY the Fifth, attended on by Dukes of BEDFORD, Regent of France; GLOUCESTER, Protector; and EXETER, Earl of WARWICK, the BISHOP OF WINCHESTER, Heralds, & c BEDFORD Hung be the heavens with black, yield day to night! Comets, importing change of times and states, Brandish your crystal tresses […]

William Shakespeare – Henry V

Enter Chorus Chorus O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest heaven of invention, A kingdom for a stage, princes to act And monarchs to behold the swelling scene! Then should the warlike Harry, like himself, Assume the port of Mars; and at his heels, Leash’d in like hounds, should famine, sword […]

William Shakespeare – Henry IV, Part 2

Enter LORD BARDOLPH LORD BARDOLPH Who keeps the gate here, ho? The Porter opens the gate Where is the earl? Porter What shall I say you are? LORD BARDOLPH Tell thou the earl That the Lord Bardolph doth attend him here. Porter His lordship is walk’d forth into the orchard; Please it your honour, knock […]

William Shakespeare – Henry IV, Part 1

Enter KING HENRY, LORD JOHN OF LANCASTER, the EARL of WESTMORELAND, SIR WALTER BLUNT, and others KING HENRY IV So shaken as we are, so wan with care, Find we a time for frighted peace to pant, And breathe short-winded accents of new broils To be commenced in strands afar remote. No more the thirsty […]

Stephen King-Hall – The Diary of a U-boat Commander

One volume of my war-journal completed, and I must confess it is dull reading. I could not help smiling as I read my enthusiastic remarks at the outbreak of war, when we visualized battles by the week. What a contrast between our expectations and the actual facts. Months of monotony, and I haven’t even seen […]

Rafael Sabatini – The Historical Nights Entertainment

The tragedy of my Lord Darnley’s life lay in the fact that he was a man born out of his proper station – a clown destined to kingship by the accident of birth and fortune. By the blood royal flowing in his veins, he could, failing others, have claimed succession to both the English and […]

Rafael Sabatini – The Historical Nights Entertainment, Second Series

Aftonso Henriques, first King of Portugal In 1093 the Moors of the Almoravide dynasty, under the Caliph Yusuf, swept irresistibly upwards into the Iberian Peninsula, recapturing Lisbon and Santarem in the west, and pushing their conquest as far as the river Mondego. To meet this revival of Mohammedan power, Alfonso VI. Of Castile summoned the […]

Mark Twain – Life On The Mississippi

The Mississippi is well worth reading about. It is not a commonplace river, but on the contrary is in all ways remarkable. Considering the Missouri its main branch, it is the longest river in the world —four thousand three hundred miles. It seems safe to say that it is also the crookedest river in the […]

Lafcadio Hearn – Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan, Vol 2

My little two-story house by the Ohashigawa, although dainty as a bird-cage, proved much too small for comfort at the approach of the hot season—the rooms being scarcely higher than steamship cabins, and so narrow that an ordinary mosquito-net could not be suspended in them. I was sorry to lose the beautiful lake view, but […]

Lafcadio Hearn – Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan, Vol 1

To the Friends Whose Kindness Alone Rendered Possible My Sojourn in the Orient, Paymaster Mitchell McDonald, U.S.N. And Basil Hall Chamberlain, Esq. Emeritus Professor Of Philology And Japanese In The Imperial University Of Tokyo I Dedicate these Volumes In Token of Affection and Gratitude Part 2 Preface In the Introduction to his charming Tales of […]

John Taylor Wood – The Capture of a Slaver

FROM 1830 to 1850 both Great Britain and the United States, by joint convention, kept on the coast of Africa at least eighty guns afloat for the suppression of the slave trade. Most of the vessels so employed were small corvettes, brigs, or schooners; steam at that time was just being introduced into the navies […]

John Lewis – The Makers of Canada George Brown

George Brown was born at Alloa, a seaport on the tidal Forth, thirty-five miles inward from Edinburgh, on November 29th, 1818. His mother was a daughter of George Mackenzie, of Stornoway, in the Island of Lewis. His father, Peter Brown, was a merchant and builder. George was educated at the High School and Southern Academy […]

J. J. M. de Groot – The Religion of The Chinese

Is China’s religion a world-religion, and as such worth studying? A place as a world-religion must, without hesitation, be assigned to it on account of the vast number of its adherents. It has extended the circle of its influence far beyond the boundaries of the empire proper, and has gained access, together with Chinese culture […]

J. Allanson Picton – Pantheism Its Story and Significance

Its Origins Doubtful and Unimportant. It has been the customary and perhaps inevitable method of writers on Pantheism to trace its main idea back to the dreams of Vedic poets, the musings of Egyptian priests, and the speculations of the Greeks. But though it is undeniable that the divine unity of all Being was an […]

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