The History of England

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ENGLAND UNDER HENRY THE EIGHTH

Category: 16th century

King  Henry  the  Eighth  was  just  eighteen  years  of  age  when  he  came  to  the  throne.  People  said  he  was  a  handsome  boy,  but  in  later  life  he  did  not  seem  hand­some  at  all.  He  was  a  big,  burly,  noisy,  small-eyed,  large-faced,  double-chinned  fellow,  as  we  know  from  the  portraits  of  him,  painted  by  the  […]



ENGLAND UNDER EDWARD THE SIXTH

Category: 16th century

You  may  have  read  “The  Prince  and  the  Pauper”,  a  famous  book  by  an  American  writer  Mark  Twain.  The  Prince  it  tells  about  was  born  in  1537  and  became  the  King  of  England  in  1547. Henry  VIII  died  when  his  son  Edward  was  but  a  boy.  Before  his  death  he  made  a  will,  appointing  a  […]



ENGLAND UNDER MARY THE FIRST

Category: 16th century

The  Duke  of  Northumberland  was  very  anxious  to  keep  the  young  King’s  death  a  secret,  in  order  that  he  might  get  the  two  Princesses  into  his  power.  But,  the  Princess  Mary,  being  informed  of  that  event  as  she  was  on  her  way  to  London  to  see  her  sick  brother,  turned  her  horse’s  head,  and  rode  […]



ENGLAND UNDER ELIZABETH THE FIRST

Category: 16th century

Weary  of  the  barbarities  of  Mary’s  reign,  the  people  looked  with  hope  and  gladness  to  the  new  Sovereign. The  nation  seemed  to  wake  from  a  horrible  dream. Queen  Elizabeth  was  twenty-five  years  of  age  when  she  rode  through  the  streets  of London,  from  the  Tower  to  Westminster  Abbey,  to  be  crowned.  Her  hair  was  red,  […]



OF ELIZABETH AND ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND

Category: 16th century

In 1558, Elizabeth, the new Queen, inherited an England which, in the dozen years since her father’s death, had be­come a third class power. Disgraced in peace and war, governed by fools and adventurers, foreigners and fanatics it lacked financial credit, arms, men and leaders. Bankrupt and degraded though the country was, it had, nevertheless, […]



OF WRITERS AND THEATRE

Category: 16th century

When we speak of the “Elizabethan” period, we usually mean to include much of the reign of James I as well; for the manners, dress, and general characteristics of the time are the same. One of the most remarkable things about the Elizabethan period is the number of people who wrote books. Books and pamphlets […]