Merry England: Or, Nobles and Serfs, Volume 1

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Page 10 - My good friends, things cannot go on well in England, nor ever will, until everything shall be in common; when there shall neither be vassal nor lord, and all distinctions levelled; when the lords shall be no more masters than ourselves. How ill have they used us! and for what reason do they thus hold us in bondage? Are we not all descended from the same parents, Adam and Eve?
Page 11 - ... they have wherewith to support their pomp. We are called slaves; and, if we do not perform our services, we are beaten, and we have not any sovereign to whom we can complain, or who wishes to hear us and do us justice. Let us go to the king, who is young, and remonstrate with him on our servitude, telling him we must have it otherwise, or that we shall find a remedy for it ourselves.
Page 11 - They are clothed in velvets and rich stuffs, ornamented with ermine and other furs, while we are forced to wear poor cloth. They have wines, spices, and fine bread, when we have only rye and the refuse of the straw; and, if we drink, it must be water.
Page 256 - This chancellor of England has had this piece of furniture very cheap: he must now give us an account of the revenues of England, and of the large sums he has levied since the coronation of the king." After they had defrauded the abbey of St. Vincent, they set off in the morning, and all the populace of Canterbury with them, taking the road towards Rochester. They collected the people from the villages to the right and left, and marched along like a tempest, destroying every...
Page 8 - King at this time were the princess his mother, his two natural brothers, the Earl of Kent, and Sir John Holland, the earls of Salisbury, Warwick, and Suffolk, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Great Prior of the Templars, Sir Robert de Namur, the Mayor of London, and several of the principal citizens. Immediately upon entering the apartment the knight cast himself on his knees before the King, saying, " My much redoubted lord, do not be displeased with me...
Page 157 - ... suppressed the one previously selected, and called out in a voice loud enough to be heard by the congregation — OLIVER CROMWELL; and by that name the boy was baptized.
Page 110 - Give me the trout and the capon/' replied Chaucer. " And, hark ye, while you are preparing supper, bring me a flask of red Gascoigne wine and a manchet.
Page v - NOW fulfil a promise, long ago made to myself, to dedicate a book to you. Accept from me, therefore, this Story of the Conspiracy and Insurrection of the Serfs in 1381—an outbreak as remarkable for the rapidity of its progress, as for its sudden and complete suppression.
Page viii - ... endured by an enthusiast, have been rewarded by the production of a perfectly new, and exquisitely beautiful hybrid orchid, described as a " large, lovely white flower of great elegance of form, and with plum-coloured lip," and which justly merits the name conferred upon it of Dendrohium Ainswortldi.
Page 42 - Lydell, she had two sons, the elder of whom succeeded to the title on the death of his father, while the other was merely Sir John Holland.

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