Titel: First English reading book: Engelsch leesboek voor instituten, gymnasiën en hoogere burgerscholen: met Nederlandsche woordenlijst
Auteur: Herrig, Ludwig
Uitgave: Arnhem: J. Voltelen, 1869 *
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Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: IWO 513 H 21
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Leesvaardigheid, Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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On being informed that John had been
taken, he sent the earl of Warwick to con-
duct the royal prisoner to his tent. The
king was surrounded by soldiers who were
clamorously disputing for the possession of
him, when the earl arrived, and rescuing
him from their turbulence, led him to the
prince, who received him with every mark
of respect and sympathy; and, having or-
dered a magnificent supper to be served
up, would not sit in his presence, but stood
behind his chair, trying to soothe and com-
fort him. The king, much affected by this
generous treatment, burst into tears, and
declared that though it was his fate to be
a captive, he rejoiced that he had fallen
into the hands of the most generous and
valiant prince alive.
The loss of the French in this battle
was very great. Besides those who were
taken prisoners, there were above 6000
men at arms left dead on the field. The
prince, after returning thanks to God for
the victory, praised his troops for their
conduct, and gave rewards and dignities
to those who had more particularly distin-
guished themselves. He remained at Bor-
deaux till the 24th of the following April,
when he sailed with his royal prisoners to
England. On their approach to London,
they were met by a train of a thousand
citizens in their best array, who conducted
them with great state to Westminster, The
Black Prince, in a plain dress, and on a
little palfrey, rode by the side of the king
of France, who was clad in royal robes,
and mounted on a beautiful horse. When
they arrived at Westminster, king Edward
met them and embraced the captive king
with every mark of respect and affection.
He and his son were lodged first in the
palace of the Savoy, and afterwards at
Windsor, and were treated, during the three
years they remained in England, more like
visitors than prisoners. Edward had now
two captive monarchs in his kingdom; but
on the 3rd of October David Bruce re-
gained his liberty, and returned to Scot-
land, after a captivity of eleven years.
France was thrown into the greatest con-
fusion by the misfortune of her king. The
dauphin was appointed regent; and the
necessities of the country were so great
that he was obliged to enter into a treaty
with Edward, by which he gave up to him
in full sovereignty a large tract, containing
several provinces, to which Edward's town
of Bordeaux formed a sort of capital. John's
ransom was fixed at three millions of gold
crowns, and forty noblemen were to be
sent over to England as hostages till the
money should be paid. This treaty, after
many tedious negotiations, was at last com-
pleted. Edward accompanied John to Ca-
lais, and the two kings, with many ex-
pressions of affection and regard, parted
on the 24th of October, 1360. Edward then
returned to England, after bestowing all
his newly acquired French provinces on
the Black Prince, who went to hold his
court at Bordeaux with the princess Joan
his wife, the beautiful daughter and heiress
of the earl of Kent. (Markham.)
The following scene passed in the camp
of Edward the Third, at the siege of
King Edward, the Black Prince his Son, and Sir
Walter Mauny. St. Pierre, and the other citizens of
Calais, with ropes about their necks.
King Edward. Mauny, are these the
principal inhabitants of Calais ?
Mauny. They are, my liege, if virtue
can give dignity, or render men noble.
King Edward. Was there no commo-
tion? did they yield themselves peaceably?
Mauny. They made no resistance, my
liege, but came, self-devoted, to save their
country. Could you have beheld the affect-
ing scene that I have witnessed, it would
have moved your noble heart to compassion.
Your message was delivered in the public
square, amidst the citizens assembled, their
hearts throbbing with dreadful expectation.
When your determination was made known,
amazement and despair filled every coun-
tenance and solemn silence was for some
time uninterrupted by any thing but sighs
and groans. At length the noble St. Pierre,
ascending a Httle eminence, thus addressed
the assembly: 'Friends and fellow-citizens!
behold the situation to which we are re-
duced. We must either yield up our tender
infants to be destroyed, our wives and
children to the bloody and brutal insults
of the soldiery, or we must comply with
the conditions of our cruel conqueror; doub-
ly cruel, because he lays a deep snare
for our virtue — he wishes to render us
criminal and contemptible. He will grant
us hfe upon no other condition but that of
our being unworthy of it. Look around
you, my friends, and fix your eyes on the
persons whom you wish to deliver up as
the victims of your own safety. Which of
these would you appoint to the rack, the
axe, or the halter? Is there any here that
has not watched for you, fought for you,