The Story of the Greatest Nations; From the Dawn of History to the Twentieth Century

The Story of the Greatest Nations; From the Dawn of History to the Twentieth Century : A Comprehensive History Founded Upon the Leading Authorities, Including a Complete Chronology of the World and a Pronouncing Vocabulary of Volume 6

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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. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...upon his "divine rule." He maintained that his authority was derived directly from God and was above and beyond the English Constitution, a theory that placed every man's life and liberty completely at his mercy. The people would have laughed but for the danger of the claim, which led James continually to violate the law of the land. He turned out legally elected members of the House of Commons, and thrust in prison those who found fault with his action. This fight lasted throughout the whole twenty-two years of his reign. Robert Catesby, a prominent Catholic, formed a plot to blow up the Parliament House, on the day the King was to open the session, November 5, 1605. The government having been thus hoisted out of the way, he expected to persuade the Catholics to rise and proclaim a new sovereign. The plan was to select one of the King's younger children, since it was expected that the eldest would be with his father when the catastrophe occurred. A cellar under the House of Lords was rented, and barrels of gunpowder were secretly carried thither. Guy Fawkes, a soldier of fortune, of considerable military experience and of dauntless courage, was the most determined of the little knot of conspirators. The plan was for him to fire the explosive and then flee to Flanders on a ship that was waiting in the Thames. The Roman Catholic peers, and others whom the conspirators wished to save, were to be prevented from going to the house by some pretended message on the morning of the fateful day. Where so many were in the plot, it is not surprising that it was revealed to the King and those selected for destruction. On the morning of November 5th, a little after midnight, Guy Fawkes was arrested as he was coming out of the cellar under...show more

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  • Paperback | 86 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236942183
  • 9781236942180