The American Crisis

The American Crisis

Thomas Paine

A pamphlet series originally published during the American Revolution. Paine, like many other politicians and scholars, knew that the Colonists weren’t going to support the American Revolutionary War without proper reason to do so. The pamphlets were written in a language that the common man could understand, and represented Paine’s liberal philosophy. He also used references to God. His writings bolstered the morale of the American…

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Ancient Streets and Homesteads of England

Ancient Streets and Homesteads of England

Alfred Rimmer

With 150 illustrations. From the Preface: ‘It cannot with truth be said that monumental history is treated in our day with scanty regard. Never, perhaps, were such permanent and forcible memorials of the past as the Arch of Titus in Rome, the Pont du Gard in the south of France, and the Porta Nigra of Treves, visited and gazed upon with warmer interest or a deeper sense of their value. We all feel the power that is exerted over us by the…

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The Barddas of Iolo Morganwg Volume 1

The Barddas of Iolo Morganwg Volume 1

J. Williams (Ab Ithel)

The Barddas of Iolo Morganwg is a collection of writings, largely forged, about ancient Welsh Bardic and Druidic beliefs. Although the author of this work is cited as J. Williams Ab Ithel, he was actually the editor, who pieced it together from manuscripts written by Iolo Morganwg (1747-1826), born Edward Williams, a native speaker of both English and Welsh, who spent his entire life collecting and transcribing mediaeval Welsh documents…

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Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of England

Bede's Ecclesiastical History of England

A. M. Sellar

Considered to be one of the most important original references on Anglo-Saxon history, Bede’s Ecclesiastical History Of England has played a key role in the development of an English national identity. It is believed to have been completed in 731, when Bede was approximately 59 years old.

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A Book Of Folk-Lore

A Book Of Folk-Lore

Sabine Baring-Gould

A study of some of the themes found in the folklore of the West of England. From the Preliminary: ‘In some instances we can trace scraps of folklore back to whence they came. In the legends of several of the Irish saints we have them represented as floating over the sea on leaves. The idea is so odd and so preposterous–as there are in Ireland…

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A Book Of Old English Ballads

A Book Of Old English Ballads

George Wharton Edwards

With over 50 illustrations. This collection of ballads contains some of the best known English folk lyrics. It should be noted that ‘Old English’ in this case doesn’t mean ‘Anglo-Saxon’; strictly speaking these are written in late Middle or early Modern English. This makes them accessible, even enjoyable, for a modern audience. Many of these…

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Bulfinch’s Mythology, The Age of Chivalry

Bulfinch's Mythology, The Age of Chivalry

Thomas Bulfinch

The Age of Chivalry, or Legends of King Arthur is the second book in Bulfinch’s Mythology, the first being The Age of Fable, or Stories of Gods and Heroes, and the third and last one being, Legends of Charlemagne, or Romance of the Middle Ages. Chapters include: The Mythical History of England; Arthur; Caradoc Briefbras; Or Caradoc With The Shrunken Arm; Sir Gawain; Launcelot Of The Lake; The Story Of Tristram Of Lyonesse; The Story Of Perceval…

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