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The Wars of the Roses

by J.G. Edgar

About the middle of the ninth century a warrior named Tertullus, having rendered signal services to the King of France, married Petronella, the king’s cousin, and had a son who flourished as Count of Anjou. The descendants of Tertullus and Petronella rose rapidly, and exercised much influence on French affairs. At length, in the twelfth century, Geoffrey, Count of Anjou, surnamed Plantagenet, from wearing a sprig of flowering broom instead of a feather, espoused Maude, daughter of Henry Beauclerc, King of England; and Henry Plantagenet, their son, succeeded, on the death of Stephen, to the English throne.
            Having married Eleanor, heiress of Aquitaine, and extended his continental empire from the Channel to the Pyrenees, Henry ranked as the most potent of European princes. But, though enabled to render great services to England, he was not an Englishman; and, indeed, it was not till the death of John, at Swinehead, that the English had a king who could be regarded as one of themselves. That king was Henry the Third, born and educated in England, and sympathizing with the traditions of the people over whom he reigned.
            Unfortunately for Henry, he was surrounded by Continental kinsmen, whose conduct caused such discontent that clergy, barons, citizens, and people raised the cry of England for the English; and Simon de Montfort, though foreign himself, undertook to head a movement against foreigners. A barons’ war was the consequence. Henry, defeated at Lewes, became a prisoner in the hands of the oligarchy; and there was some prospect of the crown passing from the house of Plantagenet to that of Montfort.
            At this crisis, however, Edward, eldest son of the king, escaped from captivity, destroyed the oligarchy in the battle of Evesham, and entered upon his great and glorious career. Space would fail us to expatiate on the services which, when elevated to the throne as Edward the First, that mighty prince rendered to England. Suffice it to say that he gave peace, prosperity, and freedom to the people, formed hostile races into one great nation, and rendered his memory immortal by the laws which he instituted.
            For the country which the first Edward rendered prosperous and free, the third Edward and his heroic son won glory in those wars which made Englishmen, for a time, masters of France. Unhappily, the Black Prince died before his father; and his only son, who succeeded when a boy as Richard the Second, departed from right principles of government. This excited serious discontent, and led the English people to that violation of “the lineal succession of their monarchs” which caused the Wars of the Roses…

Indian Tales

by Rudyard Kipling

In these stories, Kipling sets the stage for encounters between the East and the West. Kipling takes on the thorny issues of empire, race, race, miscegenation and the practice of going native, and uses them as literary tropes to examine human culture, religion and society.

My Way: The Chronicles of a Regular American Guy | May 11, 2017 | Book 9


… A wise Noun once said:

“Ignorance is the root of all evil, and a really really stupid.” – wise words indeed.

My daily routine:

10,000 sit ups in my sleep
Woke up in my sleep
Slept in my sleep
Laughed in my sleep
Went back to sleep in my sleep
Went to work in my sleep
Wrote a book in my sleep
Turned of my alarm and went back to sleep in my sleep
Never watch Inception before you go to sleepâ?¦

The Story of the Goths

by Henry Bradley

More than three hundred years before the birth of Christ, a traveller from the Greek colony of Marseilles, named Pytheas, made known to the civilized world the existence of a people called Guttones, who lived near the Frische Haff, in the country since known as East Prussia, and traded in the amber that was gathered on the Baltic shores. For four whole centuries these amber merchants of the Baltic are heard of no more. The elder Pliny, a Roman writer who died in the year 79 after Christ, tells us that in his time they were still dwelling in the same neighbourhood; and a generation later, Tacitus, the greatest of Roman historians, twice mentions their name, though he spells it rather differently as Gotones. In his little book on Germany, he saysâ??in that brief pointed style of his which it is so difficult to translate into Englishâ??”Beyond the Lygians live the Gotones among whom the power of the kings has already become greater than among the other Germans, though it is not yet too great for them to be a free people.” And in his Annals he mentions that they gave shelter to a prince belonging to another German nation, who had been driven from his own country by the oppression of a foreign conqueror. These two brief notices are all that Tacitus, who has told us so much that is interesting about the peoples of ancient Germany, has to say of the Gotones. But if he could only have guessed what was the destiny in store for this obscure and distant tribe, we may be sure that they would have received a far larger share of his attention. For these Gotones were the same people who afterwards became so famous under the name of Goths, who, a few centuries later, crowned their kings in Rome itself, and imposed their laws on the whole of Southern Europe from the Adriatic to the Western sea.
It is the story of these Goths that in the present volume we are going to relate, from the time when they were still living almost unnoticed in their northern home near the Baltic and the Vistula, down to the time when their separate history becomes blended in the history of the southern nations whom they conquered, and by whom they were at last absorbed. In many respects the career of this people is strikingly different from that of any other nation of equal historic renown. For three hundred yearsâ??beginning with the days of Tacitusâ??their history consists of little else than a dreary record of barbarian slaughter and pillage. A century later, the Goths have become the mightiest nation in Europe. One of their two kings sits on the throne of the Caesars, the wisest and most beneficent ruler that Italy has known for ages; the other reigns over Spain and the richest part of Gaul. We look forward two hundred and fifty years, and the Gothic kingdoms are no more; the nation itself has vanished from the stage of history, leaving scarcely a trace behind…

Fidel Castro: A Life From Beginning to End

by Hourly History

Fidel Castro

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When Fidel Castro died on November 25, 2016, it seemed as if much of the world didn’t quite know what to make of the revolutionary leader. The images of loyal Cubans in Havana openly crying in the streets stood in stark contrast to the Cuban exiles and their descendants just 90 miles away in Miami, Florida. While Cuban citizens were mourning, Cuban Americans were celebrating; they were laughing, dancing, and drinking to celebrate Castro’s demise. It seems that Fidel Castro was just as polarizing in death as he was in life.

Inside you will read about…

â?? The Beginnings of a Revolutionary
â?? Castro Meets Che Guevara
â?? The Bay of Pigs
â?? The Cuban Missile Crisis
â?? Castro’s Soviet Ally
â?? The Assassination Conspiracy
â?? Doctors For Oil
And much more!

Learn more about the life of one of the twentieth century’s most controversial figures.


by translated] Matthew Lynch

Murderers and misfits, drunkards and saints, gamblers and duelists, archdukes and derelicts, the French Foreign Legion enjoys a greater mystique than any military organization because it gathers in all of those adventurers who need to flee from some haunted past. Once in the Legion men can be born again under fire and be redeemed through acts of extraordinary valor. This 1901 book by Georges D’Esparbes captures the wild spirit of this legendary corps, France’s dedicated mercenary army whose defeats go untold and whose victories add to the greater glory of La Patrie during the colonial period. While our attitudes towards colonialism have changed, the hilarious, disturbing, awful, and unlikely anecdotes describing the lives of individual warriors will remain touching and engaging at a very human level. Here you will read about a corpse eating soup, a crazy Dutchman commandeering his own mental hospital, a man who went to great length to avoid urinating in the barracks, and many more things that are very strange but true.

Henry V: The Typical Medieval Hero

by Charles Kingsford

This was the threefold task of the House of Lancaster: to recover prestige abroad, to restore peace at home, to re-establish order in the Church. For Henry of Bolingbroke the crown was to prove a thankless burden; but his labors were not in vain, and his son succeeded to the throne under happier auspices. Henry of Monmouth, deriving his inspiration from the past, was the champion of unity against the forces of disintegration. His aims were to govern England on the principles of the old constitutional monarchy as the chosen representative of his people’s will; to maintain his country’s place as a part in the whole society of the Western world; and for himself, as became a Christian King, to be the head and leader of a united Christendom…

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