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By Peter Ackroyd

Along with his attribute enthusiasm and erudition, Peter Ackroyd follows his acclaimed London: A Biography with an encouraged inspect the center and the heritage of the English mind's eye. to inform the tale of its evolution, Ackroyd levels throughout literature and portray, philosophy and technology, structure and tune, from Anglo-Saxon instances to the twentieth-century. contemplating what's such a lot English approximately artists as varied as Chaucer, William Hogarth, Benjamin Britten and Viriginia Woolf, Ackroyd identifies a bunch of occasionally contradictory parts: pragmatism and whimsy, blood and gore, a fondness for the prior, a enjoy eccentricity, and masses extra. a super, enticing and infrequently stunning narrative, Albion reveals the manifold nature of English genius.

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She began to form plans for securing for them men of the highest rank and position in the realm. This, of course, thwarted the plans and disappointed the hopes of all those families who had been scheming to gain these husbands for their own daughters. To see five great heirs of dukes and barons thus withdrawn from the matrimonial market, and employed to increase the power and prestige of their ancient and implacable foes, filled the souls of the old Yorkist families with indignation. Parties were formed.

In the mean time, tidings were continually coming to King Edward from his friends on the Continent, warning him of Warwick’s plans, and bidding him to be upon his guard. But Edward had no fear. He said he wished that Warwick would come. ” Edward’s great friend across the Channel was his brother-in-law, the Duke of Burgundy, the same who, when Count Charles, had married the Princess Margaret of York, as related in a former chapter. The Duke of Burgundy prepared and equipped a fleet, and had it all in readiness to intercept the earl in case he should attempt to sail for England.

The king and queen remained at London, and made no attempt to conceal their vexation and chagrin. com THE DOWNFALL OF YORK. 1469-1470 Edward’s apprehension and anxiety in respect to the danger that Warwick might be concocting schemes to restore the Lancastrian line to the throne were greatly increased by the sudden breaking out of insurrections in the northern part of the island, while Warwick and Clarence were absent in Calais, on the occasion of Clarence’s marriage to Isabella. The insurgents did not demand the restoration of the Lancastrian line, but only the removal of the queen’s family and relations from the council.

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