The Story Reader, Specially Adapted for Composition Exercises. Revised by A M.A. of Oxford

The Story Reader, Specially Adapted for Composition Exercises. Revised by A M.A. of Oxford

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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. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ...were repelled, a new enemy appeared--the Saxon pirates, who, sailing from the German coast, committed many ravages on the eastern part of our island. As the danger was imminent, a special officer was appointed by the Romans to ward off their attacks. His title was " Count of the Saxon Shore," and his duty consisted in seeing that no Saxon set foot in Britain. Carausius was named to fill this honourable post. Ere long, he was accused of receiving bribes from the Saxon pirates. Fearing punishment, he threw off the yoke of his Roman master, and made himself Emperor of Britain. He was slain A.D. 293. Constantius Chlorus restored Britain to the Roman sway A.D. 296. Of the aspect of the island at this period, Gildas, a British writer of the fifth century, has left a beautiful description. He tells us that "Britain was adorned with broad meadows and plains, bills remarkable for their pleasant sites, and adapted to the highest culture, mountains affording pasture to all kinds of cattle, on which grew flowers of every hue." He speaks of the "streams clear as crystal, and the lakes of pure and icy water." 1. repelled--driven back. 2. pirate--a robber on the high seas; one who fights in his ship against lawful trading vessels, or comes to pillage the inhabitants of a coast. 3. ravages--pillaging, plundering, destruction by violence. 4. imminent--close at hand, hanging over like a rock that was likely to fall on one's head. 5. a special officer--one chosen on purpose for this position. 6. Count of the Saxon shore--he had to protect that part of the British shore which lay oppoeite to the Saxons. 7. duty--that which a person is bound to do or perform. 8. accused--charged with being guilty of a crime. 9. bribe--money given...show more

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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123686526X
  • 9781236865267