The Life of Alfred the Great

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H. G. Bohn, 1853 - 582 pages

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Page 136 - ... ordained ; except in cases of treason against a lord, to which they dared not assign any mercy because Almighty God adjudged none to them that despised Him, nor did Christ adjudge any to them which sold Him to death ; and He commanded that a lord should be loved like Himself.
Page 154 - I had come into his presence at the royal vill, called Leonaford, I was honourably received by him, and remained that time with him at his court eight months ; during which I read to him whatever books he liked, and such as...
Page 62 - For the benefit of his soul, then, which he studied to promote in all things from the first flower of his youth, he directed through all his hereditary dominions, that one poor man in ten, either native or foreigner, should be supplied with meat, drink, and clothing, by his successors, until the day of judgment ; supposing, however, that the country should still be inhabited both by men and cattle, and should not become deserted.
Page 257 - And there is among the Esthonians, a tribe that can produce cold, and therefore the dead, in whom they produce that cold, lie so long there and do not putrefy; and if any one sets two vessels full of ale or water, they contrive that one shall be frozen, be it summer or be it winter
Page 249 - Beormas told him many particulars both of their own land, and of the other lands lying around them ; but he knew not what was true, because he did not see it himself ; it seemed to him that the Fins and the Beormas spoke nearly one language.
Page 168 - I was honourably received by him, and remained that time with him at his court eight months; during which I read to him whatever books he liked, and such as he had at hand ; for this is his most usual custom, both night and day, amid his many other occupations of mind and body, either himself to read books, or to listen whilst others read them. And when I frequently asked his leave to depart, and could in no way obtain it, at length when I had made up my mind by all means to demand it, he called...
Page 249 - ... three days: he was as far north as the whale-hunters go at the farthest. Then he proceeded in his course due north, as far as he could sail within another three days; then the land there inclined due east, or the sea into the land, he knew not which...
Page 144 - English people, that there are only a few on this side of the Humber who can understand the divine service, or even explain a Latin epistle in English ; and I believe, not many on the other side of the Humber either. But they are so few, that indeed I cannot remember one, south of the Thames, when I began to reign.
Page 477 - They then perished by a deserved wrath," said Orosius, " when they should have rued their sins, and am ended their deeds, rather than go to their plays, as their custom was before Christianity." 3. In the eighteenth year of his reign, when Christ was crucified, there was great darkness over all the world, and so great an earthquake, that massy stones fell from mountains ; and what was the greatest wonder, when the moon was full, and farthest from the sun, that it was then eclipsed. The Romans afterwards...
Page 435 - what the boast of the Romans chiefly is, — because they have overcome many nations, and have often driven many kings before their triumphs. Those are the good times of which they always boast ; just as if they now said, that those times were given to them only, and not to all people; but, if they could rightly understand it, then they might know, that they were common to all nations.

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