The Age of Anne

The Age of Anne

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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. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...confined within the single province of Catalonia, which was always faithful. The attempt was now to be made to extend their bounds. The river Noguera, during some part of its course the boundary between Catalonia and Aragon, falls into the Segre at Lerida, and is a branch of the Segre which falls into the Ebro. The Spanish army--under the command of Villadarias. the gallant veteran who had stirred up the resistance to the allies at A1' Cadiz; now drawn from retirement by his country's need--was prepared to dispute the entrance of the allies into Aragon. For the greater part of the months of June and July there was no action of importance. Stanhope was always in favour of holder counsels, and always met with resistance from Staremberg and Charles. At the end of Jul the allies advanced, and had just crossed the river Noguera, when the enemy came in sight. The others were still unwilling to fight, and at about six in the evening the Spaniards sent some squadrons of cavalry down the hill as it were to defy the English to an engagement. A loud cry of shame broke from the English ranks. Stanhope at length obtained a. reluctant consent. Though there was but half an hour's daylight left, he drew up his cavalry in two lines and charged, himself at their head. Stanhope himself engaged the general in command of the Spanish cavalry, and killed him with one blow of his sword. This almost Homeric incident is portrayed on the medal struck in honour of the battle. The charge was wholly successful, the enemy were routed, and their camp taken. Philip himself was in great danger, and only escaped through the bravery of his friends. The half-hour was sufficient, though Stanhope wished for more time. "If we had had but two hours more of...show more

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  • Paperback | 76 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236884728
  • 9781236884725