The Queens of England and Their Times

The Queens of England and Their Times

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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. 1858 edition. Excerpt: ...game of racket than embark in a war which he had neither the money, prestige, courage, or energy, to bring to a successful issue. "The insolent varlet!" exclaimed Henry, angrily, on reading the Dauphiu's letter. " By the gospels! I will return the compliment with English ball, such as shall batter to the ground the walls of Paris!" Every preparation was now ready; the army had assembled at Southampton, and fifteen hundred sail rode in the harbour, all ready to convey the invading host across the channel. But at the very moment of embarkation, the King was alarmed by the intelligence that a conspiracy was hatching, to take his life, and place the young Earl of March upon the throne. An investigation ensued, which resulted in the condemnation of the Earl of Cambridge, Lord Scroop, and Sir Thomas Grey, whose heads were struck off on the thirteenth of August, 1415, the very day on which Henry put to sea. After a prosperous voyage, Henry disembarked his army, consisting of six thousand mer.-at-arms, and twenty-four thousand aiehers, on the banks of the Seine, about four miles to the seaward of Harfleur; a strong fortress, which he besieged with such vigour, that on the fifth week the garrison surrendered at discretion, But gratifying as this victory was, it was won at the cost of many brave lives; and what seemed to heighten the misfortune, the whole army was attacked with a dysentery, whichmade such ravages, that in a short time three-fourths of the troops were disabled from carrying arms, and the autumn rains had set in with such force, that the country around appeared one huge swamp. It therefore became necessary to retire to winter quarters, as with such a force, and under such circumstances, no expedition of importance could be...show more

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  • Paperback | 338 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 603g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236532961
  • 9781236532961