A CHILD'S HISTORY OF ENGLAND

A CHILD'S HISTORY OF ENGLAND

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by Charles Dickens
     
 

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CHAPTER I--ANCIENT ENGLAND AND THE ROMANS


If you look at a Map of the World, you will see, in the left-hand upper
corner of the Eastern Hemisphere, two Islands lying in the sea. They are
England and Scotland, and Ireland. England and Scotland form the greater
part of these Islands. Ireland is the next in size. The little
neighbouring…  See more details below

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CHAPTER I--ANCIENT ENGLAND AND THE ROMANS


If you look at a Map of the World, you will see, in the left-hand upper
corner of the Eastern Hemisphere, two Islands lying in the sea. They are
England and Scotland, and Ireland. England and Scotland form the greater
part of these Islands. Ireland is the next in size. The little
neighbouring islands, which are so small upon the Map as to be mere dots,
are chiefly little bits of Scotland,--broken off, I dare say, in the
course of a great length of time, by the power of the restless water.

In the old days, a long, long while ago, before Our Saviour was born on
earth and lay asleep in a manger, these Islands were in the same place,
and the stormy sea roared round them, just as it roars now. But the sea
was not alive, then, with great ships and brave sailors, sailing to and
from all parts of the world. It was very lonely. The Islands lay
solitary, in the great expanse of water. The foaming waves dashed
against their cliffs, and the bleak winds blew over their forests; but
the winds and waves brought no adventurers to land upon the Islands, and
the savage Islanders knew nothing of the rest of the world, and the rest
of the world knew nothing of them.

It is supposed that the Phoenicians, who were an ancient people, famous
for carrying on trade, came in ships to these Islands, and found that
they produced tin and lead; both very useful things, as you know, and
both produced to this very hour upon the sea-coast. The most celebrated
tin mines in Cornwall are, still, close to the sea. One of them, which I
have seen, is so close to it that it is hollowed out underneath the
ocean; and the miners say, that in stormy weather, when they are at work
down in that deep place, they can hear the noise of the waves thundering
above their heads. So, the Phoenicians, coasting about the Islands,
would come, without much difficulty, to where the tin and lead were.

The Phoenicians traded with the Islanders for these metals, and gave the
Islanders some other useful things in exchange. The Islanders were, at
first, poor savages, going almost naked, or only dressed in the rough
skins of beasts, and staining their bodies, as other savages do, with
coloured earths and the juices of plants. But the Phoenicians, sailing
over to the opposite coasts of France and Belgium, and saying to the
people there, 'We have been to those white cliffs across the water, which
you can see in fine weather, and from that country, which is called
BRITAIN, we bring this tin and lead,' tempted some of the French and
Belgians to come over also. These people settled themselves on the south
coast of England, which is now called Kent; and, although they were a
rough people too, they taught the savage Britons some useful arts, and
improved that part of the Islands. It is probable that other people came
over from Spain to Ireland, and settled there.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013442788
Publisher:
SAP
Publication date:
12/05/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,053,150
File size:
409 KB
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

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A Child's History Of England 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
OKWANYVA More than 1 year ago
I read this book many years ago before I bought a NOOK. I intend to buy it for my NOOK soon. This book is a synopsis of all the Kings of England and a description of what happened in their reign. I was surprised to learn of all the foreigners who came to England over the centuries and took over for a time. Romans, Danes and Normans and others all came there and at times took command over much of the country. It is certainly worth reading for adults even though the title makes one think it is only for young readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a great book for learing about England.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im a kid and this is pretty good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He doesn't stay on one topic,it's hard to read
Mike Haugen More than 1 year ago
Google books version of a defaced copy, withdrawn from the public library. Very poor text recognition, so that the text is garbled and unreadable.
Etta King More than 1 year ago
Looked interesting, but unable to download.
Mark Beliveau More than 1 year ago
i couldn't download this book. it sounds good but i didn't get a chance to read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book
Anonymous 4 months ago
Good book #lol
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No offense, but Charles Dickens is one of the most famous writers the world has known so far. If you think this book is boring, you most likely aren't intelligent enough to comprehend it. Do you even know why he's important? I advise you to Google him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My kids love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I finished the preview, I bought the whole book it was so good!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very detaled and to belive it or not you have reading it if you like history that is
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Georgina Del Castillo More than 1 year ago
i think it should be more intresting
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