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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been dissolved and the children declared
Having matured his plan, the ambitious
duke availed himself of the weakness of
the king, who was almost at the point of
death, declaring that, if Mary should suc-
ceed to the throne, the kingdom would
fall again under the inlluence of Rome,
and also that the illegitimacy of both her
and her sister rendered their claims in-
valid, and might expose the kingdom to
the dangers of a disputed succession and
civil war. AH this, he added, might be
avoided by his majesty's entailing the
crown on the descendants of his aunt the
queen dowager of France.
These specious arguments had such an
effect on Edward that with his own hand
he sketched the draught of a deed of settle-
ment, changing the succession, and or-
dered his privy counsellors to give it all
the legal forms. This was done, but not
without such opposition as convinced the
\ duke there would be ulterior difficulties to
i surmount.
About a fortnight after, on the 6th of
July 1553, the king expired: his death was
however kept a secret till the iOth, when
Northumberland and the lords of his party
went to the house of lady Jane, told her
that her cousin Edward was dead, and that
he had bequeathed her the crown. On
hearing the news she trembled, shrieked,
and fell to the ground; but on recovering
she observed that she thought herself a
very unfit person to be a queen; however,
if it were her right, she hoped that *God
would enable her to wield the sceptre to
his honour, and for the good of the nation.'
On the following day the queen was con-
veyed to the Tower to await her coronation,
f and in the afternoon the heralds proclaimed
her accession with the usual ceremonies.
Northumberland however had miscalcu-
lated his resources; the people rose in
favour of Mary, the elder sister of Edward,
and after a slight show of resistance the
partisans of lady Jane laid down their arms,
jmd dispersed. Mary was proclaimed queen,
and thus, in the short space of eight days,
terminated the ephemeral reign of Jane
Grey. Her father-in-law, the duke, and
two of the most active of his adherents,
were executed; but Mary refused to con-
demn lady Jane and her husband, saying
they had only been puppets in the hands
of the ambitious Northumberland. }3ut in
the following year a dangerous insurrection
alarmed the queen and threatened the sta-
bility of her throne. Her counsellors told
her that her lenity had encouraged her
enemies, and that she must not expect to
reign in peace while her adversaries could
rally round a person, whose pretended claim
to the throne had already rendered her
accession very doubtful.
These persuasions decided her to sacri-
fice her cousin to her own safety, and she
immediately signed a warrant for the ex-
ecution of lord Guildford Dudley and his
wife, who were already in the Tower. —
On the fatal morning permission was grant-
ed them to take a last farewell of each
other; but Jane declined the indulgence,
saying they should soon meet in heaven.
From the window of her cell she saw her
husband led to execution, and beheld his
bleeding corpse brought back. He had
been executed on Towerhill in sight of the
populace; but she, in consideration of her
royal descent, was spared the ignominy of
a public execution. A scaffold was pre-
pared for her on the parade within the
walls of the Tower. She was conducted to
it by sir John Gage, the constable; sir
John Brydges the lieutenant's brother, who
was present, requested her to give him
some token of her remembrance; she im-
mediately presented to him her table-book,
in which she had just written three sen-
tences, one in Greek, one in Latin and
one in English, concerning the execution
of her husband. She mounted the scaffold
with a lirm step, addressed the spectators,
stating that her crime was having consent-
ed fo the treason of Northumberland, and
denying all previous knowledge of the con-
spiracy. She then, with the assistance of
the priest, laid her head upon the block;
it was severed by one blow, and thus
perished one of the most accomplised and
amiable ladies of the English court, a victim
to the inordinate ambition of her intrigumg
father-in-law the duke of Northumberland.
When Mary's death was announced to
the parhament, which happened to be as-
sembled at the time, the members all
sprang from their seats; and shouts of joy,
and the words *God save queen Elizabeth!'
were heard to resound on every side.
When the news was spread abroad, the
transport of the people was so great, that
they hurried in crowds towards Hatfield,
where Elizabeth was then residing, and
they escorted her from thence into London.
Independently of the happiness felt through
the country on its deliverance from the late
unhappy queen, the accession of Elizabeth