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“Half-HOURS OF Exolish History," although forming a Companion to the “Halr-HOURS WITH THE BEST AUThons,” differs in several particulars from the plan of that Work.

1. Although the articles, taken on an average, will each furnish reading for about a Hall-Hour, they cannot, from the nature of the work, be so arranged as to supply coutinuous reading for every day and week of the year.

2. They are not selected as specimens of the excellence of style, although many articles are necessarily taken from those who may be included amougst “the best Authors”; but chiefly as affording a succession of the more graphic parts of English History, chronologically arranged.

The Editor was led to the conception of his plan, from the consideration that the portions of History upon which general readers, and the young especially, delight to dwell, are those which tell some story which is complete in itself, or which furnish some illustration which has a separate as well as a general interest.

This Volume, which extends from the Roman period to the end of the reign of Elizabeth, is, with some few exceptions, necessarily drawn from modern sources. The early Chroniclers tell so much that is fabulous of conflicting, that they afford little assistance. But as we approach the period when History becomes more exact-when actual observers—such as Froissart and Clarendon,-relate the scenes they have witnessed with the spirit which always belongs to real impressions-and philosophical annalists such as Bacon and Camden draw from authentic documents or vivid traditions -we shall find ample materials in the original sources. In such as these we have to search for narratives that have charms rarely found in any historical digest. Beyond these, we have the Memoir-writers, and the Auto- biographers, in whose pages we have those pictures of manners without which History is too olten a record of court intrigues and aimless wars.

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The Roman PERIUD.

WILLIAM I. TO HENRY III. 7. Cæsar's Invasion of Britain DION CASSIUS.

135. The Conqueror's March to THIERRY. 6. Cymbeline . . . SHAKSPERE.

London , . 15. The Invasion of Claudius . MILTON.

137. The Coronation of the THIERRY. 18. Boadicea . . . XIPHILINE.

Conqneror . . ) 22. Scene from Bonduca, al BEAUMONT & 139. Archbishop Eldred . . ANONYMOUS.

Tragedy. . . FLETCHER, 141. Doomsday Book . . THIERRY. 26. The Druids.

C. KNIGHT. 145. Saxons and Normans . ANONYMOUS. 30. Severus . .

XIPHILINE. 147. The last Days of the Con- } c. KNIGHT. 33. Persecution of Diocletian : BEDE.

queror . Alban . . .

150. Death and Burial of í

} Rev. J.WHITE 36. The last Romans . · BEDE.

William the Conquerors 37. Silchester . . . C. KNIGHT.

156. Character of the Con- ANONYMOUS.

queror . . .

157. William Rufus . : THIERRY. BOOK II.

160. Castles of the Norman G. L. CRAIK.

Kings . .

161. Death of the Red King . THIERRY.

163. The New Forest . . C. KNIGHT. 42. The Coming of the Saxons. BURKE.

168. WalterTyrrel and William LANDOR. 45. Destruction of the Roman Guizot.

Rufus :
Civilization .

: Swift.

173. Character of Rufus 48. The Heptarchy . . PALGRAVE. 174. The Crusades . HUME.

. 50. The Wars of Mercia . Joa. BAILLIE. 177. Henry and Maud

ANONYMOUS. 55. The Conversion of Ethelbert BEDE.

179. Robert, the Captive. BURKE. 58. The Conversion of Edwin. CAMDEN. 180. The Shipwreck of Prince Som

BEDE, and

William : 60. Cædmon, the Poet.

ALFRED. 182. The White Ship . : Rev.J.WHITE 62. Alfred .

. MAO FARLANE. 187. Oppressions of the People. G L. CRAIK. 72. Alfred the Fugitive. . S. KNOWLES. 189. The Children of HenryTHIERRY. 74. Athelstan .

. THIERRY. 191. The Accession of Stephen HUME. 78. Edwin the Fair . . H. TAYLOR. 194. No Normans . . THIERRY. 83. Edgar and Elfrida . . HUME.

196. The Battle of the Standard THIERRY. 86. The Danish Power . . BURKE.

199. The Invasion of Maud . THIERRY 89. Canute . . .

. MAC FARLANE. 203. Stephen and Maud . .. KEATS. 93, Earl Godwin . . . Rev. J.WHITE. 208. The Feudal System . GUIZOT. 99. The Banishment of Godwin LAPPENBERG. 212. The Feudal System—II. . Guizor. 104. Harold in Normandy Rev. J.WHITE. 215. Accession of Henry II. . HUME. 111. The Battle of Hastings . Mac FARLANE.

217. The Rise of Thomas a Mac FARLANE 113. Bayeux Tapestry . . C. KNIGHT.

Becket. 116. Battle Abbey

C. KNIGHT. 221. The Fall of Thomas à i 119. Speeches before the Battle WARNER.

Becket. of Hastings .

226. The Death of Thomas à i

THIERRY. 120. Industry of the Anglo-} C. Knight.


229. The King and the Arch- G. DARLEY . . , 128. Chronological List of the } NicoLAS.

bishop . : Saxon Kings ...:

235. The Greatness of the Clergy Burke. 129. Chri nology of English History.

237. Penance of Henry II. : THIERRY.


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