Author: P.G. Mantel

The Boyhood of Frederick the Great

Editor’s Note:  The following is from Brave Men and Brave Deeds, by M.B. Synge (published 1907)   Somewhat over a hundred years ago there used to be seen, riding or driving in a rapid manner, on the open roads or through the scraggy woods near Potsdam, a highly interesting, lean, little old man. He had a stooping figure, but seemed none the less alert for that. He was a king, “every inch of him, though without the trappings of a king.” He was dressed with Spartan simplicity: an old military cocked hat, trampled and kneaded, took the place of...

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William the Conqueror – Part 2

Editor’s Note:  This is the second chapter of William the Conqueror, by Jacob Abbot (published 1877)   II. The Birth of William Although Rouen is now very far before all the other cities of Normandy in point of magnitude and importance, and though Rollo, in his conquest of the country, made it his principal headquarters and his main stronghold, it did not continue exclusively the residence of the dukes of Normandy in after years. The father of William the Conqueror was Robert, who became subsequently the duke, the sixth in the line. He resided, at the time when William...

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William the Conqueror – Part 1

Editor’s Note:  This is the first chapter of William the Conqueror, by Jacob Abbot (published 1877)   I. Normandy One of those great events in English history, which occur at distant intervals, and form, respectively, a sort of bound or landmark, to which all other events, preceding or following them for centuries, are referred, is what is called the Norman Conquest. The Norman Conquest was, in fact, the accession of William, duke of Normandy, to the English throne. This accession was not altogether a matter of military force, for William claimed a right to the throne, which, if not...

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The Early History of the Boer Race

Editor’s Note:  The following is extracted from Oom Paul’s People, A Narrative of the British-Boer Troubles in South Africa, by Howard C. Hillegas (published 1900)   The early history of the Boers is contemporaneous with that of the progress of white man’s civilization at the Cape of Good Hope. The two are interwoven to such an extent and for so long a time that it is well-nigh impossible to separate them. In order to give an unwearisome history of the modern Boer’s ancestors, a general outline of the settlement of the Cape will suffice. The history of the Boers...

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Gallop’s Battle With the Indians

Editor’s Note:  The following is extracted from The Naval History of the United States, Volume 1, by Willis J. Abbot (published 1890).  In the words of the author, “This combat is the earliest action upon American waters of which we have any trustworthy records. The only naval event antedating this was the expedition from Virginia, under Capt. Samuel Argal, against the little French settlement of San Sauveur.”   In May, 1636, a staunch little sloop of some twenty tons was standing along Long Island Sound on a trading expedition. At her helm stood John Gallop, a sturdy colonist, and...

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