The History of the Life of King Henry the Second: And the Age in which He Lived, in Five Books: to which is Prefixed a History of the Revolutions of England from the Death of Edward the Confessor to the Birth of Henry the Second...

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Էջ 58 - Glocefter himlelf had no inconfiderable tincture of learning, and was the patron of all who excelled in it; qualities rare at all times in a nobleman of his high rank, but particularly in an age when knowledge and valour were thought incompatible, and not to be able to read was a mark of nobility. This truly great man...
Էջ 227 - Welch and the Scotch, calling themselves allies or auxiliaries to the Empress, but in reality enemies and destroyers of England, have broken their bounds, ravaged our borders, and taken from us whole provinces, which we never can hope to recover ; while instead of employing our united force...
Էջ 59 - Bleafterwards moft excellent in him; for his^15^' earheft impreflions were taken from his uncle, who, not only in learning, but in all other perfections, in magnanimity, valour, prudence, and all moral virtues, was the beft example that could be propofed to his imitation, Nor was it a fmall advantage to him that he was removed from the luxury of a court, and bred up among foldiers in the conftant...
Էջ 271 - Yet againft both thefe difficulties, uneafy as they were, he might have found a refource in the affection of his people. Henry the firft, in the beginning of his reign, was no lefs indebted to the clergy than he, nor was his title more clear: notwithftanding which he main.
Էջ 370 - ... in which their agility, fpirit, and impetuofity, made up what they wanted in weight and firmnefs : fo that, although they were eafily- overcome in a battle by regular troops, they were with great difficulty vanquished in a war.
Էջ 370 - ... of it was recent in their minds ; but it was frequently carried back, by a falfe fenfe of honour, even to very remote and traditional quarrels, in which any of their family had been ever engaged. For not only the nobles and gentry, but even the loweft among them, had each by heart his own genealogy, together with which he retained a...
Էջ 39 - Yet that hiftorian affirms, that, even in the latter years of his reign, broken as he was with inceffant toils, and heavy from a too corpulent habit of body, if any thing happened in any part of his kingdom, by which the royal majefty was hurt or offended, he never fuffered it to continue unchaftifed.
Էջ 374 - In other refpeils their manners fo nearly agreed, when that .author wrote, as to difcover the marks of a Celtic origin common to both. One is furprifed in obferving how abfolutely the Britons, after ~ their retreat into Wales, loft all the culture they had received from the Romans, and, inftead of refining the ancient inhabitants of that part of the ifland, relapfed themfelves into their rude and barbarous manners.
Էջ 293 - ... admiration ; a subject who died to save his king, or a king whose personal virtues could render his safety so dear to a subject whom he had not obliged by any extraordinary favours. The daughter of Hubert was educated by Henry, with all the affection that he owed to the memory of her father ; and, when she had attained to maturity, was honourably married to William de Longueville, a nobleman of great distinction, on condition of his taking the name of St. Clare, which the grateful Henry was desirous...
Էջ 372 - EngliuS j but moft of their gentry ftill continued to dwell in huts made of wattles, and fituated in folitudes, by the fides of the woods, as moft convenient for hunting and pafture, or for a retreat, in time of war. They had no gardens, nor orchards, nor any improvements about their...

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