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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in Iter treasurer, lord Burleigh, and her
secretary, Walsingham, who were men of
extraordinary abilities and integrity.
The interior of her court, however, pre-
sents a most extraordinary scene. There
the rivalries and jealousies of the courtiers
were a continual source of discord.
But, though Elizabeth liked and required
adulation, she had too much sense to be
totally blinded by it. She saw into the
follies of those about her, and turned them
to her own purpose, and seemed to manage
her courtiers much like puppets, by wires
that were out of sight. She intrusted all
affairs of state to men of sense, but she
filled her court with frivolous characters,
with whom she could unbend from the
cares of royalty, and towards whom she
would often conduct herself with an extra-
ordinary degree of familiarity, or what
would appear to us strange rudeness, such
as thumping them on the back, or patting
their cheeks, etc. But if any of them pre-
sumed upon this freedom, she could in-
stantly resume her dignity, and, by a se-
vere look or a cutting word, check all grow-
ing forwardness.
Early in the year 1563 Elizabeth caught
the small-pox, and for some days her life
was considered to be in danger. The pro-
spect of her death, joined to the probabi-
lity of the queen af Scotland's succession,
encouraged the popish party; and, when
she recovered, the parliament besought her
either to change her resolution of living
unmarried, or else to name her successor.
Both these requests were ven- displeasing
to Elizabeth. She pve the parliament,
however, a prevaricating answer encouraging
the hope that at some time or other she
might be induced to marry.
Mary, in the hope of being named by
Elizabeth as her successor, affected to treat
her with great respect. Both queens, in-
deed, pretended extraordinary regard for
one another, and styled themselves in their
letters 'loving sisters.' Mary, having been
urged by her council to a second marriage,
thought proper to apply to Elizabeth to
choose a suitable match for her. Eliza-
beth's wish was that her 'loving sister'
.should continue a widow. At length, hav-
ing proposed two or three matches for
Mary, which she knew she would not ac-
cept, she pretended to be exceedingly dis-
pleased with her when she at last chose
for herself, and married her cousin, Henry
Stuart, lord Darnley.
Darnley was son of Margaret Douglas,
daughter of Margaret, sister of Henry VIII.,
by her second husband, lord Angus. Thus,
after Mary, he was the next in succession
to the crown of England. But this union,
which appeared so suitable, proved most
unfortunate; and it would have been happy
for Mary had she followed the example of
her sisterqueen, and remained unmarried.
Darnley was a man of inferior capacity,
and soon became the object of Mary's dis-
hke and contempt; and she on her pari
gave him just cause for displeasure by mak-
ing a favourite of an Italian musician of
the name of David Rizzio. One evening,
when the queen was at supper with this
man and some of the ladies of her court,
Darnley, with a hand of armed men, rush-
ed into the room, and one of them stabbed
Rizzio, as he clung to the queen's knees
for protection. Mary, of course, could not
but be justly outraged by this barbarous
murder, and she is even suspected of hav-
ing been provoked by it into the commis-
sion of, if possiJ)Ie, a greater crime. She
admitted the earl of Bothwell, a man of
infamous character, into her councils, and
it is commonly believed that she joined
with him in contriving and effecting the
death of Darnley.
Soon after the death of Darnley, Both-
well contrived to carry off the queen, and
detained her for some little time in a sort
of imprisonment. To the astonishment of
all persons, she was so far from resenting
the outrage, that, though Bothwell was
universally believed to have been Darnley's
murderer, she did not scruple to marry
him. This marriage increased the suspi-
cions that she also was concerned in that
atrocious deed. Nearly the whole country,
headed by the lords Morton and Murray,
rose in arms against her; and Mary, find-
ing that even her own troops were unwill-
ing to fight in her cause, gave herself up
into the hands of her enemies, who impri-
soned her in Lochleven Castle, and com-
pelled her to sign a resignation of hei
kingdom to her son. This infant was ac-
cordingly crowned king by tho title ol
James VI.; and Murray, who was a natural
son of James V., was appointed regent ol
the kingdom. Bothwell meantime had lied
the country; and after leading a wander-
ing and wretched life, supporting himself
by piracy, he was at last thrown into a
prison in Denmark. He fell into a state of
insanity, and lingered ten miserable years
in that condition.
Mary, after a short time, found moans
to escape from prison; and, raising an
army, she encountered Murray at Langside :
but her troops were completely defeated;
and she, having watched the battle from a