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Magna Carta

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The original document is in Latin so this can only be a fairly rough approximation of the actual content. The text used is the first version…

Part 1

In The History of England, from the Accession of James II - (Volume 3, Chapter 14)

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Thomas Babbington Macaulay and Thomas Babington Macaulay


This is volume 3 chapter 14 of a series of books written by the Baron Macaulay in the 19th century. It starts with a brief resume of the his…

Dedication to Sir Robert Walpole

In The Works of Tacitus, Vol. I

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Tacitus, ed. Thomas Gordon and Publius Cornelius Tacitus


The historical works of Tacitus are a history of the period from A.D. 14 to 96 in thirty volumes. Although many of the works were lost (only…

Chapter 14 - How Otto Saw the Great Emperor

In Otto of the Silver Hand

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Howard Pyle


The story of little Otto, a gentle, peace-loving child born into the heart of turmoil and strife in the castle of a feuding robber baron in …

Ch. IX. Trafalgar Part 1

In Famous Sea Fights

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John R. Hale


I propose to tell in non-technical and popular language the story of some of the most remarkable episodes in the history of sea power. I sha…

Part 2

In The Life of Samuel Johnson, Vol. I

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James Boswell


Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson is widely considered to be the greatest English-language biography ever written. It was revolutionary in it…

Bk II, ch 09: I make the Campaign of 1704

In The History of Henry Esmond, Esq., A Colonel in the Service of Her Majesty Quee…

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William Makepeace Thackeray


A classic Victorian novel and a historical novel rolled into one! Read about court and army life during the reign of Queen Anne - a story of…

Chapter 04

In Beowulf

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Tr. Francis Barton Gummere and Unknowntranslated Byfrancis Barton Gummere


This is a short but beautiful book, and the Gummere translation really captures the feel of the Old English. Beowulf tells the story of a my…

Chapter V, Part 1

In The History of England, from the Accession of James II - (Volume 1, Chapter 05)

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Thomas Babington Macaulay


This chapter of Macaulay’s History of England is concerned, for a large part, with insurrection against James II and his manoeuverings to su…

Chapter III, Part 2

In The History of England, from the Accession of James II - (Volume 1, Chapter 03)

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Thomas Babington Macaulay


This is the third chapter in Macaulay’s great History of England from the Accession of James II. In this chapter Macaulay looks at the state…

Chapter IV, Part 1

In The History of England, from the Accession of James II - (Volume 1, Chapter 04)

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Thomas Babington Macaulay


This chapter is a bit of a mixture. It begins with the death of Charles II and then goes on to James II. Judge Jeffries then makes an appear…