Excerpta Historica: Or, Illustrations of English History

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Bentley, 1833 - Great Britain - 444 pages
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Page 262 - I could say in my defence doth not appertain unto you, and that I could draw no hope of life from the same. But I come here only to die, and thus to yield myself humbly unto the will of my lord the king. I pray God to save the king and send him long to reign over you, for a gentler or more merciful prince was there never.
Page 262 - I blame not my judges, nor any other manner of person, nor anything save the cruel law of the land by which I die. But be this, and be my faults as they may, I beseech you all, good friends, to pray for the life of the king, my sovereign lord and yours, who is one of the best princes on the face of the earth, and who has always treated me so well that better cannot be ; wherefore I submit to death with a good will, humbly asking pardon of all the world.
Page 48 - every standard or guydhome is to hang in the chiefe the Crosse of St. George, to be slitte at the ende, and to conteyne the crest or supporter, with the poesy, worde and devise of the owner...
Page 262 - ... to assist her, and that she was the only person who retained her composure), she said, " Alas ! poor head, in a very brief space thou wilt roll in the dust on the scaffold ; and as in life thou didst not merit to wear the crown of a queen, so in death thou deservest not...
Page 263 - And being minded to say no more, she knelt down upon both knees, and one of her ladies covered her eyes with a bandage, and then they withdrew themselves some little space, and knelt clown over against the scaffold, bewailing bitterly and shedding many tears.
Page 379 - LINGARD (iv, 238, foot-note): In the contemporary account of this [Richard's and Anne's] coronation we are told that the anointing was performed in the following extraordinary manner: 'Then the kyng and the quene put of ther robes, and there (at the high altar) stode all nakyd from the medell upwards, and anone the Bushope anoynted bothe the kynge and the quyne.
Page 223 - Sonday2 last past, at a towne that is callyd the Dame, iij. myle owt of Brugys, at v. of the clok in the mornyng ; and sche was browt the same day to Bruggys to hyr dener ; and ther sche was receyvyd as worchepfully as all the world cowd devyse, as with presession with ladys and lordys, best beseyn of eny pepyll, that ever I sye or herd of.
Page 48 - In 1361, Edward III. granted to Sir Guy de Bryan two hundred marks a year for having discreetly borne the king's banner at the siege of Calais in 1347 ; and Thomas Strickland, the esquire who so gallantly sustained HENRY'S banner at Agincourt, urged the service as worthy of remuneration from Henry...
Page 79 - From their obscure, and perhaps fallacious hints, it should seem that the principal ingredient of the Greek fire was the naphtha, or liquid bitumen, a light, tenacious, and inflammable oil, which springs from the earth, and catches fire as soon as it comes in contact with the air. The naphtha was mingled, I know not by what methods or in what proportions, with sulphur and with the pitch that is extracted from evergreen firs.
Page 402 - Fjtzode, in 1244, directed him to cause a dragon to be made in the fashion of a standard, of red silk, sparkling all over with gold, the tongue of which should be made to resemble flaming fire, and appear to be continually moving, and the eyes of sapphires or other suitable stones, and to place it in the church of St.

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