Easy History for Upper Standards, Adapted from 'The Little Folks' History of England'

Easy History for Upper Standards, Adapted from 'The Little Folks' History of England'

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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. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ...though at war with Spain, at once sent money and arms, and, what was of much greater value, a small army under Sir Arthur Wellesley, afterwards the great Duke of Wellington, who defeated the French at Rolica and Vimiera, and soon after entered Lisbon in triumph, driving out the French and the new king, Joseph. When Napoleon heard of these reverses he came himself into Spain, marched on Madrid, and immediately began to reconquer the country. One brave English general, Sir John Moore, was obliged to retreat with great loss, and was himself killed in the battle at Coruna. The English were again driven out of Spain and Portugal. Napoleon had been obliged to withdraw, and Wellington was sent out to take the chief command. He took the city of Oporto, and defeated the French at Talavera. This great battle lasted two days, and the French were just twice the number of the English. In the meantime Napoleon was fighting the Austrians again, whom he once more defeated at the battle of Wagram, and forced to make peace with him. Not only did he make peace with Austria, but the very next year he married an Austrian princess, Marie Louise, the niece of the unfortunate Marie Antoinette. When this princess left Vienna, her father's capital, the people wept round her carriage, thinking she was going to France to suffer as her aunt had done. But she seemed well pleased to go, though Napoleon was now twice her age, and had a wife living. The name of his wife was Josephine, and everybody esteemed her. She had married Napoleon when he was a poor officer, and loved him then and always. She loved him so much that she pretended to be willing to go away from him when he wished her to go, though it almost broke her heart. EXPEDITION TO RUSSIA. 79 In the meantime...show more

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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236938402
  • 9781236938404