The Doomed City; Or, the Last Days of Durocina

The Doomed City; Or, the Last Days of Durocina

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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. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...a temporary refuge; the distance was little more than a mile; if they could be carried there, the place might be easily defended till relief arrived. Arrived! Whence? that was the question. Should Cuthwulf be defeated by the men of Lenborough and Aylesbury, there might be such relief, but otherwise the only chance would be the very doubtful one of an expedition from the yet unconquered west, a most unlikely event, for the poor Welsh could hardly sustain the defensive, and were unlikely to advance against the foe into regions he had once made his own. Still here was a temporary refuge, and we have seen how it was accepted; for the city was doomed to fire and sword, there was no doubt of that, and there was no force at hand capable of defending so untenable a post, now that the Camp at the Ford had fallen. The twin hills rose immediately from the opposite river banks, the eastern one was entrenched all around the summit by a deep ditch and steep banks, made long ago by the sons of Cyno or Cunobelin when they prepared to repel the Roman invaders, ere the colony was founded and organized, of which we now behold the dying struggles. Now those trenches were clothed with verdant moss and grass, and within the enclosure, as now, was the shade of many trees. Below, the hill was fringed with copsewood, and the defenders of the entrenchment had cut down large quantities of stakes and poles and other material for earth-work wherewith they were making a strong fence around the upper summit of the entrenchment. Nearly a thousand men, women, and children, crossing the river, had found refuge here by the time of noon-day, bringing with them many sheep and cattle, as also swine for future consumption, with all provisions of every kind they could lay hands on....show more

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  • Paperback | 66 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236680715
  • 9781236680716