A History of English Literature for Secondary Schools

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Theclassics Us, 2013 - 142 pages
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ... from the french revolution to the present time. The range is over more than a century, and extends from the middle of the reign of George iii. to the fifty-eighth year of the reign of Victoria. The succession of sovereigns in the period is as follows: George iii., George iv., William iv., and Victoria. The chief events in British history, affecting more or less directly the literary growth of the period, are here presented as they occurred in the successive reigns: --Reign of George iii., 1760- 1789-1820.--Trial of Warren Hastings, lasting seven years, from 1788. War with France, more or less continuously from 1793 to 1815: Naval victories--battle of "The First of June," Cape St Vincent, Camperdown, The Nile, The Baltic, Trafalgar (with death of Nelson); Land victories--(in India) over Tippoo Sahib and his French auxiliaries; (in Ireland) over the "United Irishmen" and their French auxiliaries; (in the Peninsula, at Corunna, Talavera, Albuera, Salamanca, &c.) over the French; and final overthrow of Napoleon at Waterloo by Wellington. Union of Great Britain and Ireland, in 1800. Riots in England after the peace--the Peterloo Massacre of 1819. Note.--At the time of the French Revolution England was prosperous, and by the use of inventions of machinery had become a great manufacturing country. During the war, in spite of heavy taxation to maintain it, trade and commerce flourished; after the war came commercial panics, and misery to the poor: corn was dear, work scarce, and there was great political discontent in the country. Reign of George iv., 1820-1830.--The Cato Street Conspiracy. The Bill of Pains and Pena

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