The History of England, 6; From the Invasion of Julius Caesar to the Revolution in 1688 Volume 6

The History of England, 6; From the Invasion of Julius Caesar to the Revolution in 1688 Volume 6

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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. 1811 edition. Excerpt: ... afterwards a greater number of foreigners into England; and the commerce as well as manufactures of that kingdom was very much improved by them. It was then that sir Thomas Gresham built, at his own charge, the magnificent fabric of the Exchange for the reception of the merchants: the queen visited it, and gave it the appellation of the Royal Exchange. By a lucky accident in language, which has a great effect on men's ideas, the invidious word usury, which formerly meant the taking of any interest for money, came now to express only the taking of exorbitant and illegal interest. An act passed in 1571 violently condemns all usury; but permits ten per cent, interest to be paid. Henry IV. of France reduced interest to 6 per cent.: an indication of the great advance of France above England in commerce. Dr. Howell says, that queen Elizabeth in the third of her reign was presented with a pair of black silk knit stockings by her silkwoman, and never wore cloth hose any more. The author of Hie present State of England says, that about 1577, pocket watches were first brought intd England from Germany. They are thought to have been invented at Nuremberg. About 1580, the use of coaches was introduced by the earl of Arundel. Before that time, the queen, on public occasions, rode behind her chamberlain. Camden says, that in 1581 Randolph, so much employed by the queen in foreign embassies, possessed the office of post-mastcr-general of England. It appears, therefore, that posts were then established; though, from Charles I.'s regulations in 1635, it would seem that few posthouses were erected before that time. In a remonstrance of the Hanse Towns to the diet of the empire in 1582, it is affirmed that England exported annually about 20O, OOO pieces of cloth....show more

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  • Paperback | 134 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 254g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123662694X
  • 9781236626943