An Island Story

Pictures from “An Island Story” by Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall (1867-1941), with illustrations by Archibald Stevenson Forrest (1869-1963)

The book is a potted history of Britain for children, written in what today would be considered a rather condescending tone (are you sitting comfortably, children?) and with a somewhat moralistic slant; it was published in 1907 and reprinted in 1920; I have the 1920 edition.

Purchased at Picton Antiques Fair, May 2009, for $10

[picture: Frontispiece: Charles the King walked for the last time through the streets of London]

Frontispiece: Charles the King walked for the last time through the streets of London

King Charles is followed by a priest, and surrounded by soldiers with lances. He wears 17th-century costume. [more...]

[picture: The shore was covered with men ready for battle]

The shore was covered with men ready for battle

Men wearing tarrered rags or perhaps animal skins, and carrying spears and shields, watch from atop white cliffs as Roman galleys near the shore. The time depicted is about the first century C.E., or [...] [more...]

[picture: The Lady Rowena and the Golden Cup]

The Lady Rowena and the Golden Cup

Vortigern came and admired the castle [Thong Castle, near Lincoln] very much, although he was still rather angry with Hengist for having cheated him about the land. [more...]



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