Posts Tagged ‘England’

British synonymy by Hester Lynch Piozzi

March 23, 2009

«You are a saucy fellow,» says dying Catherine in Shakespeare’s Henry the Eighth, when a messenger running in hastily forgets his due obeisance to the expiring Queen, who adds with equal dignity and pathos: «Deserve we no more reverence?» A bold man is one who speaks blunt truths, out of season perhaps, and is likely enough to be called saucy, though naturally unwilling to be so. Clytns was bold when he thwarted Alexander’s pride at the feast; and Sir Thomas More lost one of the wisest heads ever worn by man through his honest boldness, or bold honesty.

Bibliography of works about Hester Lynch Piozzi maintained here: http://web.missouri.edu/~justiceg/piozzi/bibliography.html

John Mitchell Kemble, Nietzschean

December 21, 2008

The concluding chapter from the first volume of John Mitchell Kemble’s The Saxons in England: A History of the English Commonwealth to the Time of the Norman Conquest (1876 edition)