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THE BRITISH EMPIRE.
and conquers Ireland - Thomas à Becket—his exaltation-his
death-Henry does penance for the death of Becket-Henry's do-
mestic affairs--- is death-Learning and customs in England, : . . 82
murdered.---Manners of the Scots and English in this reign,
Edward III.--an inexperienced youth, but soon manifests ability--a war-
ike prince--punishes his mother-makes war with the king of Scot-
land--with the French.---The Black prince-Battle of Cressy--Siege
of Calais.--War with France prolonged-King David Bruce..--The
Black prince engages in the affairs of Spain--dies.-Edward the III.
dies.- Amusements of the English,
Richard II.-son of the Black Prince--the people rebel against Richard.
--Wat TylerRichard's presence of mind-his deterioration-loses his
popularity-Battle of Otterburne between the English and Scots.
Henry Bolingbroke banished-returns to England-assumes the Crown,
Richard Il. dies at Pontefract castle.---Reformation commences.-
Wickliffe---manners of the age-Language and literature-Liberty
Henry IV. succeeds Richard II.-Owen Glendower-Battle of Homildon
Hill-The Percies rebel against the king James I. of Scotland-a
prisoner in England-his history and character interesting—Prince
Henry-his good and bad qualities.--The king dies—state of religion
Henry V.--abandons the follies of his youth-his generosity-Lord Cob-
ham-one of the earliest Reformers in England.—Henry V. makes war
Henry V. marries the princess Catharine of France--he dies.-Com-
THE BRITISH EMPIRE.
Of all countries upon the globe there is none of which the history is more interesting to the American than Great Britain. To most of us it is the country of our ancestors, and is that from which our language and many of our institutions are derived. At the present time there is no nation upon earth of greater resources in learning and science, in wise men and useful arts; no nation, in despite of some traits of character which are neither to be admired or imitated, in which religion and literature, virtue and happiness, liberty of thought and freedom of speech, security of property and authority of law, are so generally enjoyed as in England.
We have only to go back in past time, a little more than eighteen centuries, and we shall find the present highly cultivated, civilized, and wealthy country of Great Britain, the abode of savage and hostile tribes, sunk in heathenism and ignorance, without comfortable habitations or decent garments.
“Time was, when clothing sumptuous or for use
At the present time, (1833,) the country which was once to rude and poor, is not only a powerful and rich kingdom within itself, but its dominion extends to every sea, and every quarter of the globe. The following account of the British Empire is taken from Hale's Geography.