By JAMES MUIRDEN
Jane Austen's scalpel disinters the reasons of her characters, and even though her age is so distant, her insights strike a latest word. At Winchester you will find her bones; her books are all in Waterstone's. Alfred the nice, Robert the Bruce, Francis Drake, Christopher Wren, Elizabeth Fry, Isambard country Brunel, Emmeline Pankhurst, Ernest Shackleton, Agatha Christie, J. ok. Rowling...What do all of them have in universal? they're all nice Brits, and their works and achievements are celebrated in fascinating verse besides many extra during this unique ebook. Muirden has regaled us sooner than with rhyming romps via British background. Now he provides us with ''100 nice Brits''; witty and erudite, this can be the precise reward to light up and amuse
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Indd Sec11:35 25/07/2007 11:26:23 12. SIR FRANCIS DRAKE c. 1540 – 27 January 1596 Who circumnavigated the world, and beat the Spanish Here’s to Old England and Admiral Drake, robbing the Spanish for fun! Loading his vessels with all he could take – silver and gold by the ton! Bess was impressed by the profit he made, and sent off the Golden Hind on a carefully-planned South American raid to pinch what the Spanish had mined. ’ He sailed round the Horn, a remarkable feat, collecting the treasure he sought as he went up the coast, having lost all his fleet.
His most important writings to survive are, first, Utopia, about a land where all’s in common. Private wealth is banned; house, clothes and work are ordered by the State; they work six hours, and go to bed at eight. He gets a lower rating for the second (Richard III); it’s generally reckoned that More set out to blacken Richard’s name to help the Tudors’ rather shaky claim when he was overthrown. indd Sec10:31 25/07/2007 11:26:23 100 GREAT BRITS Henry VIII was anxious for a son. However, Catherine (Wife No.
But Cromwell turned his back upon the throne. Their policy could not now be reversed; from now on, they must run the show alone. But when he died and left an empty place, the call for Charles II would begin. Soon, Cromwell’s corpse was dug up in disgrace. The Merry Monarch reigned – so did Nell Gwynn... indd Sec18:50 25/07/2007 11:26:25 19. JOHN LOCKE 29 August 1632 – 28 October 1704 A revolutionary philosopher I’ve tried to take stock of the greatness of Locke (for great he undoubtedly was). But between you and me, philosophically, he is giving me trouble, because his writing’s so dense!
100 Great Brits: A Rhyming History from Bede to Beckham by JAMES MUIRDEN