Stories of the Cathedral Cities of England

Paperback | January 19, 2012

byEmma Marshall

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879. Excerpt: ... LONDON. Bishopric founded 604. THE SILENT HIGHWAY--THE BRIDGE--THE TOWER--ST PAUL'S CATHEDRAL--ST. PAUL'S CROSS--ST. PAUL'S SCHOOL--THE GREAT FIRE. HE origin of all great towns and of great nations is always wrapped more or less in mystery and fable, and the stories as to the foundation of London are not less numerous than unlikely. That it was known to the Eomans, the number of coins, urns, and fragments of pavement discovered, abundantly prove, although it is very doubtful whether it attained to any remarkable celebrity before the Norman conquest. One of the most ancient pictorial representations which we possess of the British capital--not so constituted till Alfred's time--is to be found in a manuscript in the British Museum, consisting of various poems illustrated by a captive in the Tower, and copied in the reign of King Henry VI. The illuminations are of a very much earlier date, and show the old city with its fine taper-spired cathedral, its many quaint churches, and gabled houses. These mediaeval poets and historians deal too much in the marvellous and improbable for us to place much reliance on their statements; as, for instance, when Gower, a celebrated poet of Eichard II.'s time, gravely assures us that the Tower was founded by the Trojan Brute, and was built after the likeness of ancient Troy; and another old tract asserts that London was considerably older than Kome. William Fitzstephen, who died in 1191, has left us a really valuable description of London in Latin, and from this we will take an extract, as from a reliable source. Fitzstephen says in his Chronicle:--"The wall of the city is high and great, continued with seven gates, which are made double, and on the north are distinguished with turrets. Likewise on the south, London has bee...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879. Excerpt: ... LONDON. Bishopric founded 604. THE SILENT HIGHWAY--THE BRIDGE--THE TOWER--ST PAUL'S CATHEDRAL--ST. PAUL'S CROSS--ST. PAUL'S SC...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:58 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:January 19, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217055605

ISBN - 13:9780217055604

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