Cameos from English History Volume 2

Cameos from English History Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...in constant dread that his brother might be jealous of this favourite son, for he was always entering into leagues with his nobles and pensioning them to protect him and his son, which would have been apparently their most natural duty; but the fact seems to have been, that the whole country had been so utterly disorganized ever since the Bruce and Balliol wars, that Henry of the Wynd, fighting to please himself, was only a type of what every noble, every clan, did; nobody dreamt of obeying the government, and nothing but purchase could bind a man to the service of the government. When, after the example of the ducal sons of Edward III., Robert III. created his son Duke of Rothsay, he hoped to obviate jealousy by making his brother, at the same time, Duke of Albany; but to repress the contentions of his family was impossible to his feeble hand. It was plain that nothing could be worse than the state of the kingdom under Albany's management, and in a meeting held at Perth on the 27th January, 1398, the Parliament of Scotland enacted that, in consequence of the abuses that had sprung up from the King's illness and inefficiency, his son, the Duke of Rothsay, should become his lieutenant for three years, and administer the law, assisted by a council composed of the chief nobles and prelates of Scotland, and unfortunately at their head his two uncles of Albany and Buchan. This arrangement was in some degree carried out; and Rothsay, then twenty years of age, was placed at the head of affairs, just before the fall of Richard II. It was now thought time that his irregular dissipated life should be controlled by marriage, and George, earl of March, proposed to purchase royalty for his daughter, Elizabeth of Dunbar, by a large dowry, and the proposal was...show more

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  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 395g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236514955
  • 9781236514950