Curiosities of Great Britain: England & Wales Delineated, Historical, Entertaining & Commercial. Alphabetically Arranged, Volume 4

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Page 540 - ... continued to solicit him ; insomuch that he told her, if she would ride on horseback, naked, from one end of the town to the other, in the sight of all the people, he would grant her request. Whereunto she answered, But will you give me leave so to do ? And he replying yes...
Page 525 - ... magnificent fabric was reduced to a heap of ruins, and remains a lasting monument of the dreadful effects of anarchy, and the rage of civil war. The ruins are large, and allowed to be the noblest and grandest in the kingdom, considering the extent of the ground on which they stand. The vast fragments of the King's Tower, the round towers leaning as if ready to fall, the broken walls, and vast pieces of them tumbled down into the vale below, form such a scene of havoc and desolation, as strikes...
Page 540 - The Countess Godiva, bearing an extraordinary affection to this place, often and earnestly besought her husband that, for the love of God and the Blessed Virgin, he would free it from that grievous servitude whereunto it was subject; but he, rebuking her for importuning him in a...
Page 615 - ... which were purchased as freeholds by the first inhabitants. Pride influences our actions ; nor will it bear contradiction. As the doctor raised the money, he justly expected to have the disposal ; but the parish considered themselves neglected, and repeatedly thwarted his measures, till, provoked by reiterated insults, he threw up the management, and left them in a labyrinth of their own creating. The result was, a considerable expense upon themselves. Some things he intended were never finished...
Page 614 - ... Devonshire, who died on the 20th of June, 1628 ; and Christian, his Countess, the only daughter of Lord Bruce, of Kinloss, in Scotland. Each side of the monument is open; and in the middle, under a dome, are whole length figures, in white marble, of the earl and his lady, standing upright. The angles on the outside are ornamented with busts of their four children : William, the eldest, successor to the earl ; Charles, lieutenant-general of horse in the civil wars ; Henry, who died young ; and...
Page 560 - Philosophica," the doctor has combatted the literal interpretation of the history of the fall of man ; and, to expose its improbability, he has introduced an imaginary dialogue between Eve and the serpent, which, as coming from the pen of a divine, is singular enough. It is only to be found in the first edition of the work.
Page 635 - There were three objects at which he delighted to aim his satire — the mendicant friars, Lily, the grammarian, and cardinal Wolsey. His attacks on Wolsey at length roused the resentment of that prelate, and an order being issued for his apprehension, he took refuge in the sanctuary at Westminster, where the abbot afforded him protection until his death, June 21, 1529, not long before the fall of Wolsey.
Page 605 - July, 1652, at the age of sixty. On the opposite wall is a mural monument, with a long inscription, in memory of SIR RICHARD BROWNE, Knt. of Sayes Court, who was " Governor of the United Netherlands, and was afterwards, by Queen Elizabeth, made Clerk of the Green Cloth, in which honourable office he continued under King James, till the time of his death, in May, 1604, aged sixty-five years;" of CHRISTOPHER BROWNE, Esq. his son, who died in March, 1645, at the age of seventy ; of SIR RICHARD BROWNE,...
Page 601 - Hugh, his sixth son, appeared at an early age in attempts to search for coal in the neighbourhood of his native place; but, not succeeding, he removed to London, where he became a citizen and goldsmith. His success in trade enabled him to farm the principal lead and silver mines in Cardiganshire, at £400 a year ; yet so profitable were these works, that from one mine, yielding nearly 100 ounces of silver from a ton of lead, he derived a clear profit of £2,000 per month.
Page 548 - Quintiq, one of Fitzhamon's knights. In Leland's time it had three gates, one at each end of the main thoroughfare, and one on the south, which is yet standing.

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