Historical Pictures; England Volume 1-2

Historical Pictures; England Volume 1-2

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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. 1835 edition. Excerpt: ...It is true that the king abused the law for the sake of robbing his subjects; but if the judges had been honest the people would have been safe. By degrees the judges freed themselves from the fear of the king; and the people found that they could obtain in a court of justice, without rebellion and bloodshed, that remedy which in previous ages it was vain to hope for against a king who enforced his extortion by military violence. Henry VII. died in 1509, possessed of enormous wealth, and he was succeeded by his son Henry VIII. One of the earliest acts of the young king was to cause Empson and Dudley to be accused before the Privy Council of stretching the laws, and of going beyond their authority. Afterwards, they were condemned by the Parliament upon a different and a false accusation; and they were executed, not because they Avere guilty of that for which they were attainted, but because the people were clamorous for their punishment, and Henry VIII. wished to please the people. DISCOVERY OF AMERICA. Until the reign of Henry VII., the inhabitants of Europe, Asia, and Africa were ignorant that the great continent of America existed: indeed the form of the earth was not accurately known, and its size was not at all known. The Portuguese and the Spaniards were the most daring navigators at that time; but until the year 1419 they had never ventured to leave the coasts, or to trust themselves far in the open sea. About that time the compass, which had been discovered nearly 100 years before, was applied to the purposes of navigation; and men with its aid were able to ascertain the direction in which they were sailing, far more surely and constantly than when they relied only on their observation of the stars. The great object of all commercial na...show more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236500199
  • 9781236500199