In Shakspere's England

In Shakspere's England

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ... suggestive that they are not quite authentic. The best known, as given by Fuller, is how "Her Majesty, meeting with a plashy place, made some scruple to go on; when Raleigh (dressed in the gay and genteel habit of those times) presently cast off and spread his new plush cloak on the ground, whereon the Queen trod gently over, rewarding him afterwards with suits for his so free and seasonable tender of so fair a footcloth." Whether accurate or not, this is just one of the pretty deeds of personal devotion by which the great men of the day were always ready to feed that most insatiable quality, the vanity of Queen Elizabeth. In another story which Fuller tells, the Queen got the better of her courtier, for finding a I legend, cut by"Sir Walter with his diamond ring upon a window-pane, which said "Fain would I climb, but that I fear to fall, ' Elizabeth inscribed "beneath it the reply---" If thy heart fail thee, then climb not at all.' His ready wit, his brilliancy, and his wide general knowledge made him such a companion as the Queen most prized, and he was fiirst favourite at Court for some years, and suffered, just as Sidney did, from the inconvenience of the position, by being kept close to the side of his mistress, when he would Iain have been up and doing further afield. In 1583 Sir Humphrey Gilbert_ started on his last expedition, and Raleigh longed to accompany him, but was allowed by the Queen to do no more than fit up a ship, which he christened the Ark Raleigh. Sir Humphrey never came home. On the return voyage, bad as the weather was, he insisted on sailing in the smaller of his two vessels-a mere boat, according to modern ideas, and quite unfit for the passage of the Atlantic: though...show more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236833740
  • 9781236833747