Author: P.G. Mantel

“Napoleon Bonaparte” by John Lord (Part 2)

Editor’s note:  The following is excerpted from Beacon Lights of History, by John Lord (published 1902) Continued from Part 1   Had Napoleon been contented with the power he then enjoyed as First Consul for life, and simply stood on the defensive, he could have made France invincible, and would have left a name comparatively reproachless. But we now see unmistakable evidence of boundless personal ambition, and a policy of unscrupulous aggrandizement. He assumes the imperial title,–greedy for the trappings as well as the reality of power; he openly founds a new dynasty of kings; he abolishes every trace...

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“Napoleon Bonaparte” by John Lord (Part 1)

Editor’s note:  The following is excerpted from Beacon Lights of History, by John Lord (published 1902)   It is difficult to say anything new about Napoleon Bonaparte, either in reference to his genius, his character, or his deeds. His genius is universally admitted, both as a general and an administrator. No general so great has appeared in our modern times. He ranks with Alexander and Caesar in ancient times, and he is superior to Gustavus Adolphus, Turenne, Conde, Marlborough, Frederic II., Wellington, or any of the warriors who have figured in the great wars of Europe, from Charlemagne to...

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The Burning of the Philadelphia

Editor’s note:  The following is excerpted from Hero Tales from American History, by Henry Cabot Lodge and Theodore Roosevelt It is difficult to conceive that there ever was a time when the United States paid a money tribute to anybody. It is even more difficult to imagine the United States paying blackmail to a set of small piratical tribes on the coast of Africa. Yet this is precisely what we once did with the Barbary powers, as they were called the States of Morocco, Tunis, Tripoli, and Algiers, lying along the northern coast of Africa. The only excuse to...

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The Captivity of Richard Coeur de Lion

Editor’s Note:  The following account is taken from Historical Tales, by Charles Morris (published 1896) In the month of October, in the year of our Lord 1192, a pirate vessel touched land on the coast of Sclavonia, at the port of Yara. Those were days in which it was not easy to distinguish between pirates and true mariners, either in aspect or avocation, neither being afflicted with much inconvenient honesty, both being hungry for spoil. From this Vessel were landed a number of passengers,—knights, chaplains, and servants,—Crusaders on their way home from the Holy Land, and in need, for...

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“The Qualities of the Dog” by Pliny the Elder

Editor’s note: The following is excerpted from The Best of the World’s Classics, edited by Henry Cabot Lodge (published 1909) Among the animals that are domesticated with mankind there are many circumstances that are deserving of being known: among these there are more particularly that most faithful friend of man, the dog, and the horse. We have an account of a dog that fought against a band of robbers in defending its master; and although it was pierced with wounds, still it would not leave the body, from which it drove away all birds and beasts. Another dog, in...

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