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The Scottish Chiefs
by, JanePorter
Published by Hurst
Softcover Leatherette
Measures 7x4.5 inches Weighs 10 ounces no date, circa late 1800’s or early 1900’s

Condition: Good.
Brown boards are textured leatherette with gold decorative text on front, and gold text on spine. Pages are clean.

Covers are scuffed at edges and general shelf wear. Title page has an open tear at top. Pages are heavily darkening from margin inward. They are becoming fragile pages, this book must be read gently and all will be well.

BRIGHT was the summer of 1296. The war which had deso
lated Scotland was then at an end. Ambition seemed satiated;
and the vanquished, after having passed under the yoke of their
enemy, concluded they might wear their chains in peace. Such
were the hopes of those Scottish noblemen who, early in the
I preceding spring, had signed the bond of submission to a ruth-
liess conqueror, purchasing life at the price of all that makes
life estimable—liberty and honor.
Prior to tiiis act of vassalage, Edward L, King of England,
had entered Scotland at the head of an immense army. He
I eeized Berwick by stratagem; laid the country in ashes; and, on
tne field of Dunbar, forced the Scottish king and his nobles to
acknowledge him their liege lord.
But while the courts of Edward, or of bis representatives,
were crowded by the humbled Scots, the spirit of one brave
man remained unsubdued. Disgusted alike at the facility with
I which the sovereign of a warlike nation could resign his people
and his crown into the hands of a treacherous invader, and at
the pusillanimity of the nobles who had ratified the sacrifice,
William Wallace retired to the glen of Ellerslie. Withdrawn
from the world, he hoped to avoid the sight of oppressions he
could not redress, and the endurance of injuries beyond his
power to avenge.
Thus checked at the opening of life in the career of glory that'
I was his passion—secluded in the bloom of manhood from the
social haunts of men—he repressed the eager aspirations of his
mind, and strove to acquire that resignation to inevitable evils
which alone could reconcile him to forego the promises of his
youth, and enable him to view with patience a humiliation of
of Scotland, which blighted her honor, or menaced her existence, and consigned her sons to degradation or obscurity. her existence, The latter and was
the choice of Wallace. Too noble to bend his spirit to the.

The Scottish Chiefs by, Jane Porter Published by Hurst Softcover Leatherette Antique Book no date, circa late 1800’s or early 1900’s


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