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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father/ said he, SviUing to display toward
you all houour and friendship, and you
shall, if you will, become such friends to-
gether as you have never hitherto been.
Consider,' he added, with well-meant flat-
tery, 'though you have lost the field, you
have attained the praise of being the bra-
vest knight who has this day fought upon
your side'. The unfortunate king was
much alfected by the coui tesy of his vic-
tor, from which he experienced whatever
consolation his condition admitted of.
The Prince of Wales was not less an-
xious to reward his friends, than by his
generous conduct to soften the misfoitunes
of his enemies. Lord Audley. who had
commenced the battle of Poictiers, had
continued, as long as the action lasted,
still pressing forward, without stopping to
make prisoners, until at length he was
nearly slain upon the spot; and he was the
first object of the prince's gratitude. Upon
this noble knight the prince bestowed,
with his highest commendations, a noble
gift of five hundred marks of yearly reve-
nue, which Sir James Audley received with
suitable expressions of gratitude.
W^hen he returned to his own pavilion,
the noble knight sent for his brotlier, and
some other friends, and made them bear
witness that he transferred to his four
faithful squires the gift which the prince
had given him, since it had been by their
means and steady support, througli the
whole battle, that he had been able to
i-ender the services which the prince had
valued so highly.
On the second day after the battle, the
Black Pi'ince marched towards Poictiers,
into which a distinguished French warrior,
named the Lord of Roye, had thrown him-
self , with a considerable body of men,
which he was leading to join the French
army, but which came too late for that
service. Moderate, however, in his wishes
to improve his victory, and chiefly desirous
to secure his important prisoner, King
John of France, the prince declined en-
tering into any considerable enterprise at
this time, and passed steadily on his re-
treat towards Bordeaux. His march was
so slow, that he was at liberty to attend
to the business of his army, and the de-
tails in which individuals were interested.
Edward the Black Prince died before the
king, his father; so that the heir to the
throne was the son of the Black Prince, a
boy only eleven years old, called Richard.
This Richard, the Second, being too young
to govern, the aflairs of the khigdom were
managed by his uncles, the dukes of Lan-
caster, York, and Gloucester. The wars
which the late king had begmi, were so
dreadfully expensive, that very large taxes
were obliged to be raised to carry them
on. In our days, taxes are so contrived,
if possible, that but little of the burden
of them may fall upon the poor: but, in
this king Richard's reign, a tax of four
groats was laid upon every person above
the age of fifteen. This caused a great
rebellion. One Wat Tyler, a blacksmith,
refused to pay it, and he headed a great
mob, and went to London to endeavour to
excite a commotion. King Richaid, then
just sixteen years old, agreed to meet him
in Smithfield, to listen to his account of
the grievances of the people, and to ti7
to remedy them. This was nobly done of
the young king, who was indeed a vei7
fme promising young man. Nothing could
be better than his behaviour: but Tyler
behaved in so insolent a manner, shaking
his sword as if he were threatening the
king, and conducting himself so rudely,
that the lord mayor, William Walworth,
knocked him down with his mace; and one
of his attendants killed him with his sword.
Wat Tyler's people were angry enough
when they saw their leader killed; and they
were just preparing for a violent attack,
when the young king said to them, in the
most kind and endearing manner, *You
have lost your leader: but I will be your
leader; follow me, and youi' wishes shall
be granted.' Thus the king, by his cou-
rage and good conduct, at once put an end
to the fury of the mob; and they quietly
went to their homes. As the king's life
seems to have been preserved by the Lord
Mayor, the coat of arms of the city of
London was honoured with the represen-
tation of the bloody dagger which was the
cause of his deliverance; and you know
that this dagger is in the city arms at the
present day.
The young king began his reign well,
but he did not go on so; in short, he soon
showed that he was a very weak king; and
all his affairs, therefore, went on ill. It
would be tedious to tell you of all his
mismanagement; but one thing is worth
mentioning, as it was, perhaps, the cause
why he lost the crown. The dukes of Nor-
folk and Hereford had had a quarrel; and
instead of hearing which was right and
which was wrong, the king ordered them
both to be banished. The duke of Nor-