The History of England, from the Invasion of Julius Csar to the Revolution in 1688. In Eight Volumes, Volume 2

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Page 85 - This famous deed, commonly called the GREAT CHARTER, either granted or secured very important liberties and privileges to every order of men in the kingdom ; to the clergy, to the barons, and to the people.
Page 63 - Lent, or times of the highest penance ; were debarred from all pleasures and entertainments ; and were forbidden even to salute each other, or so much as to shave their beards, and give any decent attention to their person and apparel. Every circumstance carried symptoms of the deepest distress, and of the most immediate apprehension of divine vengeance and indignation.
Page 215 - Edward's army for his friends; but at last, perceiving his mistake, and observing the great superiority and excellent disposition of the royalists, he exclaimed that they had learned from him the art of war; adding, " The Lord have mercy on " our souls, for I see our bodies are the prince's !'•' The battle immediately began, though on very unequal terms.
Page 179 - I was obliged to employ both entreaties and menaces, ray lord of Winchester, to have you elected; my proceedings, I confess, were very irregular, my lords of Salisbury and Carlisle, when I raised you from the lowest stations to your present dignities...
Page 430 - Crecy, and there determined to wait with tranquillity the shock of the enemy. He drew up his men on a gentle ascent, and divided them into three lines. The first was commanded by the young prince of Wales ; the second was conducted by the earls of Northampton and Arundel ; and the third, which was kept as a body of reserve, was headed by the king in person.
Page 63 - The laity partook of no religious rite, except baptism to new-born infants and the communion to the dying; the dead were not interred in consecrated ground, they were thrown into ditches or buried in common fields, and their obsequies were not attended with prayers or any hallowed ceremony. Marriage was celebrated in the churchyards...
Page 435 - This speech being reported to the prince and his attendants, inspired them with fresh courage : they made an attack with redoubled vigour on the French, in which the count of...
Page 87 - ... council : no towns or individuals shall be obliged to make or support bridges but by ancient custom : the goods of every freeman shall be disposed of according to his will : if he die intestate, his heirs shall succeed to them. No officer of the crown shall take any horses, carts, or wood, without the consent of the owner. The king's courts of justice shall be stationary, and shall no longer follow his person : they shall be open to every one; and justice shall no longer be sold, refused, or...
Page 86 - I. ; and no scutage or aid, except in the three general feudal cases, the king's captivity, the knighting of his eldest son, and the marrying of his eldest daughter, shall be imposed but by the great council of the kingdom ; the prelates, earls, and great barons, shall be called to this great council, each by a particular writ ; the lesser barons by a general summons of the sheriff.
Page 87 - ... monarch. But the barons, who alone drew and imposed on the prince this memorable charter, were necessitated to insert in it other clauses of a more extensive and more beneficent nature : they could not expect the concurrence of the people without comprehending, together with their own, the interests of inferior ranks of men...

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