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Story of Francis Drake by Mrs. Oliver Elton

Queen Elizabeth knighting Drake on Board the Golden Hind at Deptford Drake carrying to Court the News of his Voyage Drake wounded at Nombre de Dios
The Maroon Chief showing the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans from the tree-top Sir Francis Drake Drake at the taking of Sagres Castle
Drake at Bowls on Plymouth Hoe Fighting the Great Armada

Story of Raleigh by Margaret Duncan

Sir Walter Raleigh A sailor talked of the strange country where such birds lived One man against twenty
"Stepping gently on the cloak, she passed on " The King gave Raleigh a delicious pine-apple Raleigh gave the word to his men
Lady Raleigh went to plead with the King for mercy They started to row to the French ship

Story of Robert Bruce by Jeanie Lang

A drive from the Bruce's spear made the rider fall back dead Map of Galloway in Scotland The man began to tell lying tales
He read to them an old romance One after another the murderers fell before his sword "Slowly, with the king's litter in the centre of a column, the march was made "
The Bruce drove his battle-axe crashing down on de Bohun's head The young knight's horse fell to the ground His royal pet was a lion

Stories from Pilgrim's Progress by Mary Macgregor

'Do you see yonder wicket-gate?' 'Bring hither the water and sprinkle the room.' They would take him to the armoury before he left them.
"At the town there was a fair kept, called Vanity Fair. " The owner of the Castle was Giant Despair. They were within sight of the City to which they went.
"The interpreter then called for a manservant of his, named Greatheart. " "They saw one man called Fool, and another called Want-wit, "

Stories of Beowulf by H. E. Marshall

The warriors fared on over the blue sea Terrible was this ogre Grendel to look upon "Giving to each warrior, young and old, wine from the golden cup "
She bore him to the ground and kneeled upon his breast They carried with them the hideous head of Grendel The slave crept nearer and nearer to the glittering mass
Now he belched forth flaming fire He knew that his days of joy upon this earth were past

Through Britain With Cromwell by H. E. Marshall

Cromwell as a member of Parliament Oliver and Charles Map of Southeast England
Map of Southwest England Rupert's Charge at Edgehill Map of Northumberland
Map of Western England Map of Southeast England King Charles and Cornet Joyce
Map of Southwest England Map of Northumberland Cromwell in Edinburgh
Funeral of King Charles Map of Ireland Map of Scotland
Cromwell and Sir Walter Stewart Cromwell as Lord Protector

Stories of Guy of Warwick by H. E. Marshall

Sometimes he slept under the great trees. The duke cried out for mercy and owned himself beaten. Fierce was the fight.
"Fixing the dragon's head upon his spear, Guy rode away." It seeamed as if he would drink the river dry. "Thou seemest more fit to pray than to fight for us', said the king."
Poor men came every morning to the castle to receive food from the countess.

Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall

Charles the king walked for the last time through the streets of London. The Shore was covered with men ready for battle. Will you follow me men?'
Rowena came into the room carrying a beautiful golden cup. He stood there holding the magic sword in his hand. Alfred found much pleasure in reading.
It seemed as if he rode alone to defy the whole English army. The little boy knelt before the King and stammered out the story. Richard went away to Palestine.
The Great Charter was sealed with the King's seal. The Count rode again and again at Edward till his lance was splintered in his hand. "Bruce lifted his battle-axe high in the air, then brought it crashing down upon the helmet of Bohun."
The King made the Black Prince a Knight of the Order of the Garter. "'For your contempt and disobedience I send you to prison,' said Judge Gascoigne. " One after another all the nobles plucked red or white roses and put them in their caps.
The days seemed very long and dreary to the two little boys. Henry sent Wolsey away from court. For nineteen years this poor queen was kept in prison.
'There is time to finish the game and beat the Spaniards too.' said Drake. Quickly pulling off his cloak he threw it upon the ground. Stern men with drawn swords closed in upon him.
A band of exiles moor'd their bark on the wild New England shore. The Deliverer had come. Flags of the British Isles.

English Literature by H. E. Marshall

It was in the Monasteris that books were written and copied. Minstrels sang of the famous deeds of heroes. "'Caedmon, sing some song to me.' "
Langland dreamed a wonderous dream. Wyclif went into the country and there wrote and taught. "It is a company of pilgrims such as this that Chaucer paints for us, he himself being of the company. "
Great nobles visited Caxton's workshop. The demons were generally funny. "Spenser read the first part of his book, 'The Faery Queen' to Raleigh. "
It was only Master Shakespeare. "Ben and his host had many a long talk together, discussing men and books. " "Bacon was generally accompanied by a gentleman of the household, who was ready to set down his thoughts. "
"My maid (my prue), by good luck sent. To save that little, fates me gave or lent. " Milton sitting in his garden at the door of his house. During his imprisonment Bunyan wrote the 'Pilgrim's Progress.'

Stories of Robin Hood by H. E. Marshall

"Then, still bareheaded, he stood up and swore an oath " Bang! smash! their blows fell fast and thick as if they had been threshing corn "'I am Robin Hood,' replied he, throwing off his disguise and putting his horn to his lips"
"'No, my Lord Bishop,' said Robin, 'you cannot go yet' " Slowly they paced through the Green Wood "The Sheriff's wife, who presented him with the arrow "
"'Stand up again,' said the King " "'Thank you, dear friend, good-bye' "

Scotland's Story by H. E. Marshall

"Hold you, hold you, brave Wallace! The English have hanged all your best men like dogs." "St. Columba made the sign of the Cross, and the great gates opened wide " Do you see that little white sail far out to sea? Yonder is Macduff.
"There stepped from out of the crowd, an old, old man " "At night, when they gathered round the watch-fires, the King would read stories out of old books " Full of new hope Bruce sprang to land
Bruce brought his axe crashing down upon the head of Bohun "When a stone hit the walls, Black Agnes would bid her maids wipe the spot with a clean white cloth " "But, thanks be to God, there are few of my ancestors who have died in their beds. "
For there in the garden walked the fairest lady he had ever seen Brave Catherine tried in vain to keep them back A halter would better become you
"Sir Andrew with his two ships, the Yellow Carvel and " The trample of horses' hoofs and the lowing of cattle In some sunny palace garden the days passed happily for the Queen and her Maries
Queen Mary and Knox had many talks together "The Marquis looked so handsome, grand, and grave that everyone was full of sad astonishment " "While the minister preached and prayed, sentinels kept watch "
Flags of the British Isles. "Gentlemen', he cried, drawing his sword, 'I have thrown away the scabbard.' "

Stories from English History by Hilda Skae

Caradoc betrayed to the Romans. The children carried off by the Bernician Raiders. Harold taking the Oath.
The death of Harold. Arthur in prison visited by King John. Warwick's messenger asking for aid to be sent to the Black Prince.
The French King brought prisoner to the Black Prince after Poitiers. Drake making his request of the Queen.

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