Mary Tudor, Queen of France

Mary Tudor, Queen of France

Mary Croom Brown

Chapters include: Childhood And Betrothal To Charles Of Castile; European Complications; A Campaign And A Courtship; The Duchess Repudiates Her Suitor And The Princess Breaks Her Contract; Betrothal To Louis XII. Of France; Queen Of France; The Englishmen In Paris; The White Queen And The Duke. The Secret Marriage; Confession And Penance; The Lovers Come Home; and, Afterwards.

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Idylls of the King

Idylls of the King

Alfred Tennyson

Fully illustrated by Gustave Doré. Idylls of the King, published between 1859 and 1885, is a cycle of twelve narrative poems by the English poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892; Poet Laureate from 1850) which retells the legend of King Arthur, his knights, his love for Guinevere and her tragic betrayal of him, and the rise and fall of Arthur’s kingdom. Chapters include: The Coming Of Arthur; Gareth And Lynette; The Marriage Of…

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A Tour Through The Whole Island of Great Britain

A Tour Through The Whole Island of Great Britain

Daniel Defoe

A tour thro’ the whole island of Great Britain is an account of his travels by English author Daniel Defoe, first published in three volumes between 1724 and 1727. It is roughly divided into several tours, or circuits, around Britain. Volume 1 contains three letters. The first two, Through Essex, Colchester, Harwich, Suffolk, Norfolk, and Cambridgeshire, and through Kent Coast, Maidstone, Canterbury, Sussex, Hampshire, and Surrey, are…

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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…

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Wild Wales: Its People, Language and Scenery

Wild Wales: Its People, Language and Scenery

George Borrow

Wild Wales: Its People, Language and Scenery is a travel book by George Borrow, first published in 1862. The book recounts Borrow’s personal experiences and insights while touring Wales alone on foot after a family holiday in Llangollen in 1854, and has come to be regarded as a source of useful information about the social and geographical history of the country at that time. Borrow gives a detailed account of…

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English Traits

English Traits

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Chapters include: First Visit to England; Voyage to England; Land; Race; Ability; Manners; Truth; Character; Cockayne; Wealth; Aristocracy; Universities; Religion; Literature; The “Times”; Stonehenge; Personal; Result; and, Speech at Manchester.

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Elizabeth and Essex

Elizabeth and Essex

Lytton Strachey

One of the most famous and baffling romances in history, between Elizabeth I, Queen of England and Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, began in May of 1587, when she was fifty-three and he was just shy of twenty. Their relationship continued until 1601, when he was beheaded for treason. Strachey portrays the Queen’s and the Earl’s compelling attraction for one another; their impassioned disagreements; and their mutual contest…

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The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the Abolition of the African Slave-Trade, by the British Parliament

The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the Abolition of the African Slave-Trade, by the British Parliament

Thomas Clarkson

There’s a quote by Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” One of the cases where this was proved true was in the case of slavery. Thomas Clarkson, along with people like William Wilberforce, Granville Sharp, James Edward Oglethorpe and Lord Mansfield were among…

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Kenneth G. T. Webster and W. A. Neilson

This is a late 14th-century Middle English chivalric romance and one of the best known Arthurian stories. Interpreted by some as a representation of the Green Man of folklore and by others as an allusion to Christ, it draws on Welsh, Irish, and English stories, as well as the French chivalric tradition. It tells the tale of how Sir Gawain, a knight of King Arthur’s Round Table, accepts a challenge from a mysterious “Green Knight” who challenges…

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The History of England

The History of England

David Hume

With over 2,700 pages, this is David Hume’s massive history of England, from the invasion of Julius Caeser to the reign of James II. Originally published in six volumes, this edition includes the entire set. Subjects include: The Britons; The Romans; The Saxons; The Heptarchy; The Kingdom of Kent; The Kingdom of Northumberland; The Kingdom of East…

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The Mabinogion

The Mabinogion

Lady Charlotte Guest

The Mabinogion is a cycle of Welsh legends collected in the Red Book of Hergest, a manuscript which is in the library of Oxford University. They are the earliest prose stories of the literature of Britain and were compiled in Middle Welsh in the 12th–13th centuries from earlier oral traditions. The two main source manuscripts were…

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