History and Present State of the British Empire

History and Present State of the British Empire

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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. 1864 edition. Excerpt: ...The reign of Queen Anne is not more distinguished by the wonderful series of victories gained by Marlborough, than by the brilliant list of literary men who then flourished, and who have caused this to be styled the Augustan age of English literature, as resembling that of the Eoman Emperor Augustus. Alexander Pope stands unrivalled in polished verse on moral subjects. Jonathan Swift is a miscellaneous writer of singular vigour and an extraordinary kind of humour. Joseph Addison wrote on familiar life and on moral and critical subjects with a degree of elegance before unknown. Sir Eichard Steele was a lively writer of miscellaneous essays, and successful as a dramatist. This last author, with assistance from Addison and others, set on foot the Tatler, Spectator, and Guardian, the earliest examples of small periodical papers in England, and which continue to this day to be regarded as standard works. Cibber, Congreve, Vanburgh, and Farquhar, were distinguished writers of comedy; and Prior, Philips, and Eowe, were pleasing poets. In graver literature, this age is not less eminent. Dr Berkeley shines as a metaphysician; Drs Sherlock, Atterbury, and Clark as divines j and Bentley as a critic of the Soman classics. BRUNSWICK PERIOD: 1714 ONWARD. Accession of the House of Hanover--Rebellion of 1715-16. 292. The new sovereign lost no time in coming over to Britain, and fixing himself in that heritage which his family has ever since retained. He was fifty-four years of age, of a good though not brilliant understanding, and very firm in his principles. Knowing well that the "Whigs were his only true friends, he at once called them into the administration: the Tories he treated with contempt, if not absolute rudeness, being of opinion that it is...show more

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  • Paperback | 118 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 227g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236531809
  • 9781236531803