The historical works of William Robertson, with an account of his life and writings, by G. Gleig. Vol.1-5 [of 6].

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1813
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Page 369 - Buchanan, to wait upon the duke of Norfolk, the earl of Sussex, and sir Ralph Sadler, to lay before them, not in their public characters as commissioners...
Page 531 - With regard to the queen's person, a circumstance not to be omitted in writing the history of a female reign, all contemporary authors agree in ascribing to Mary the utmost beauty of countenance, and elegance of shape, of which the human form is capable. Her hair was black, though, according to the fashion of that age, she frequently wore borrowed locks, and of different colours. Her eyes were a dark grey ; her complexion was exquisitely fine ; and her hands and arms remarkably delicate, both as...
Page 529 - Tmpatient of contradiction; because she had been accustomed from her infancy to be treated as a queen. No stranger, on some occasions, to dissimulation; which, in that perfidious court where she received her education, was reckoned among the necessary arts of government.
Page 528 - Stewart delivered from all her cares, and such an end put to her tedious sufferings, as she has long expected. Bear witness that I die constant in my religion ; firm in my fidelity towards Scotland ; and unchanged in my affection to France. Commend me to my son. Tell him I have done nothing injurious to his kingdom, to his honour, or to his rights ; and God forgive all those who have thirsted, without cause, for my blood.
Page 407 - Crawford scrambled up the rock, and fastened the ladder to the roots of a tree which grew in a cleft. This place they all reached with the utmost difficulty, but were still at a great distance from the foot of the wall. Their ladder was made fast a second time ; but in the middle of the ascent they met with an unforeseen difficulty. One of their companions was seized with some sudden 6t, and clung, seemingly without life, to the ladder.
Page 458 - After a short consultation, his peers found him guilty of concealing, and of being art and part in the conspiracy against the life of the late King. The first part of the verdict did not surprise him, but he twice repeated the words art and part with somevehemence, and added,
Page 422 - sat on every face ; silence, as in the dead of night, reigned through all the chambers of the royal apartment ; the ladies and courtiers...
Page 526 - is not worthy the joys of heaven, which repines because the body must endure the stroke of the executioner ; and though I did not expect that the queen of England would set the first example of violating the sacred person of a sovereign prince, I willingly submit to that which Providence has decreed to be my lot...
Page 512 - Nor is my spirit so broken by its past misfortunes, or so intimidated by present dangers, as to sloop to any thing unbecoming the majesty of a crowned head, or that will disgrace the ancestors from whom I am descended, and the son to whom I shall leave my throne. If I must be tried, princes alone can be my peers.
Page 531 - She danced, she walked, and rode with equal grace. Her taste for music was just, and she both sung and played upon the lute with uncommon skill. Towards the end of her life, long confinement, and the coldness of the houses in which she had been imprisoned, brought on a rheumatism, which often deprived her of the use of her limbs. No man, says Brantome, ever beheld her person without admiration and love, or will read her history without sorrow.

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