Lessons from Women's Lives

Lessons from Women's Lives

by Sarah Josepha Buell Hale
     
 

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Very informative biographies of 15 famous women of the past, from all walks of life. Written in London, in 1877.

The Publisher has copy-edited this book to improve the formatting, style and accuracy of the text to make it readable. This did not involve changing the substance of the text.

Contents:

Joan of Arc, Anne Boleyn, Queen Elizabeth,… See more details below

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Very informative biographies of 15 famous women of the past, from all walks of life. Written in London, in 1877.

The Publisher has copy-edited this book to improve the formatting, style and accuracy of the text to make it readable. This did not involve changing the substance of the text.

Contents:

Joan of Arc, Anne Boleyn, Queen Elizabeth, Pocahontas, Lucy Hutchinson, Christina, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Anna Barbauld, Hannah More, Madam De Stael, Maria Edgeworth, Charlotte Corday, Lady Jane Gray, Sarah Martin, Grace Darling

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.....The queen, hopeless of redress, prepared to submit without repining. In her last message to the king, she acknowledged obligation to him for having advanced her from a private gentlewoman, first to the dignity of a marchioness, and afterwards to the throne; and now, since he could raise her no higher in this world, he was sending her to be a saint in heaven. She earnestly recommended her daughter to his care, and renewed her protestations of innocence and fidelity. She made the same declarations to all who approached her, and behaved not only with serenity, but with her usual cheerfulness.

....."The executioner," said she to the lieutenant of the Tower, "is, I hear, very expert; and my neck (grasping it with her hand, and laughing heartily) is very slender."

.....When brought to the scaffold she assumed a more humble tone, recollecting the obstinacy of her predecessor, and its effects upon her daughter Mary: maternal love triumphed over the just indignation of the sufferer. She said she came to die, as she was sentenced by the law; that she would accuse no one, nor advert to the ground upon which she was judged. She prayed fervently for the king, calling him a most merciful and gentle prince, and acknowledging that he had been to her a good and gracious sovereign. She added, that if any one should think proper to canvass her cause, she desired him to judge the best. She was beheaded by the executioner of Calais, who was brought over for the purpose, as being particularly expert. Her body was thrown into a common elm chest, made to hold arrows, and buried in the Tower.

.....The innocence of Anne Boleyn can hardly be questioned. The tyrant himself knew not whom to accuse as her lover; and no proof was brought against any of the persons named. An occasional levity and condescension, unbecoming the rank to which she was elevated, is all that can be charged against her. Henry's marriage to Jane Seymour, the very day after Anne's execution, shows clearly his object in obtaining her death.

.....It was through the influence of Anne Boleyn that the translation of the Scriptures was sanctioned by Henry VIII. Her own private copy of Tindal's translation is still in existence. She was a woman of a highly cultivated mind; and there are still extant some verses composed by her shortly before her execution, which are touching, from the grief and desolation they express. The following is an extract from them:

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012351548
Publisher:
Digital Text Publishing Company
Publication date:
04/01/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
246
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