Sketches from British History

Sketches from British History

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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. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ... hand, and a broad arrow I'll let flee, 15 And where that arrow is taken up, my grave shall digged be; And set a green sod under my head and another at my feet, _ And lay my bent bow at my side--which was my music sweet, And heap my grave with grass and green, as is most right and good, That men may say when I am dead--" There lies bold Robin Hood." ' 20 3. These were his last words, and they were obeyed. He was buried in the wood by the highway at Kirkleys-on-the-Calder, between Wakefield and Halifax, and there his grave, marked by 1. T116 Black l6a.tl1.--Rather more than five hundred years ago, there was a dreadful plague raging in Europe which was called the Black Death. It was so fierce that few that caught it got over it, and in the years in which it was in England it killed off about half the whole number of people living. 2. It is hard, happily, for us to fancy such a state of things now-a-days in this country, but, as you can see, such a plague must needs make great changes. Lands lay untilled, for lack of hands to till them. _Wages rose, for there was much work to be done and few to do it. The prices of all things were high because there was no lack of gold and silver, but great want' of the things that gold and silver are used to buy. There were much distress and misery for awhile, beside the heavy sorrow those that lived felt for their friends and kinsfolk, that had been snatched so quickly from them. 3. Yet, as with many things that seem at first only evil, there was some good came, 'even from the Black Death. It had much to do with the end of slavery, or serfdom, in England, and with the end of the way of farming, by which the farmer had to pay his rent in work instead of in money, which was beginning...show more

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  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236967690
  • 9781236967695