London Pictures, Drawn with Pen and Pencil

London Pictures, Drawn with Pen and Pencil

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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. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...through that gate--under compulsion, sometimes just, sometimes wickedly tyrannous--men and women, both of exalted rank and of lowly station, have entered upon the last scene of their earthly action. That tower has frowned upon, and those gates have closed behind queens, noble ladies, peers of the realm, bishops, and legions of humbler men and women, whose story is none the less tragic because they occupied a less prominent position upon the world's great stage. Thither, in 1521, preceded by the fatal axe with its keen edge turned towards him, came Wolsey's victim, the Duke of Buckingham, after his condemnation in Westminster Hall. Thirteen years later, under a like condemnation, and preceded by the same grim symbol, came Sir Thomas More, the witty, and wise, and learned statesman, tolerant of all men and things, except those most worthy of tolerance--the men who, like William Tyndale, were the true life and soul of the English Reformation. Treading the same path, less than two years later, came the beautiful but most unhappy Anne Boleyn, over whose guilt or innocence controversy still rages, but concerning whose sorrows there can be no doubt. She entered, never again to leave, the place which had witnessed the rejoicings of her coronation a few short years before. Among the sharp and sudden contrasts in history, few are more impressive than her rapid exaltation, her brief enjoyment of happiness and power, her great and irremediable fall. With her it is impossible not to associate her daughter, who, after her mother's remains had slumbered seventeen years in their dishonoured grave, also came, under the strong hand of force, to that forbidding portal. No wonder that her nerve failed her, and, probably recalling the fate of her mother, she should...show more

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  • Paperback | 56 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 118g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236487974
  • 9781236487971