By JAMES MUIRDEN

ISBN-10: 1840246111

ISBN-13: 9781840246117

Jane Austen's scalpel disinters the causes of her characters, and notwithstanding her age is so distant, her insights strike a contemporary observe. At Winchester you will find her bones; her books are all in Waterstone's. Alfred the good, Robert the Bruce, Francis Drake, Christopher Wren, Elizabeth Fry, Isambard nation Brunel, Emmeline Pankhurst, Ernest Shackleton, Agatha Christie, J. okay. Rowling...What do all of them have in universal? they're all nice Brits, and their works and achievements are celebrated in captivating verse besides many extra during this pleasing publication. Muirden has regaled us ahead of with rhyming romps via British heritage. Now he provides us with ''100 nice Brits''; witty and erudite, this is often the ideal present to light up and amuse

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What sun exceeds its season without setting? What protean spring engendered play on play (whose plots were rarely of your own begetting)? Whose voice was it, that only you could hear? What quill divine guided your human hand? How can your words speak to the present ear in sounds sublime, that we still understand? Had we but half the harvest of his mind, we should esteem our William no less well; and that is all we could expect to find, but for the pains of Heminge and Condell. 1 1 John Heminge and Henry Condell collected up his 18 unpublished plays, and printed all his works (apart from Pericles) in the First Folio of 1623.

But far beyond its shine stretched wastes no one could look upon – the realm of the Divine. Don’t be surprised to see him use his cutting-edge IQ to work out from the Bible’s clues when Jesus should be due! Well, having put him in his place (in a contextual way), I haven’t left myself much space. 1 It was an overnight success. In fact, it would define 1 Newton was cajoled into writing Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica by Edmund Halley (1656–1742). indd Sec22:61 25/07/2007 11:26:26 100 GREAT BRITS the methods used to calculate how bodies move through space right up until the present date!

Indd Sec19:51 25/07/2007 11:26:25 100 GREAT BRITS When Locke did his writing the times were exciting, for matters had come to a head. e. William III), a revolt that occurred without blood being shed, which reflected Locke’s theory of choice – if the general voice wanted change, then change must be effected! Would his ghost be amused at the way he’s been used to defend revolution abroad? France’s popular coup – the Americans too when they cut the umbilical cord? Something else that he taught concerned freedom of thought (a novelty then, by the way).

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