By JAMES MUIRDEN
Jane Austen's scalpel disinters the causes of her characters, and although her age is so distant, her insights strike a contemporary observe. At Winchester you will discover her bones; her books are all in Waterstone's. Alfred the nice, Robert the Bruce, Francis Drake, Christopher Wren, Elizabeth Fry, Isambard state 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 fascinating verse in addition to many extra during this pleasing e-book. Muirden has regaled us earlier than with rhyming romps via British heritage. Now he provides us with ''100 nice Brits''; witty and erudite, this can be the proper present to light up and amuse
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He is the patron saint of lawyers and statesmen. indd Sec10:32 25/07/2007 11:26:23 11. WILLIAM TYNDALE c. 1490 – 6 October 1536 Who printed the New Testament in English, and paid for it It seemed to Tyndale quite absurd that simple people only heard a Latin text (which priests preferred). And so he privately averred, regardless of the risks incurred, that he would translate every word Lord Jesus had to say! He knew, before he tackled it, that Church decree did not permit such monkeying with Holy Writ.
A few days in the Tower, and then, free but disgraced, he whittled his pen, bought lots of paper, and began reflecting on the role of Man; for better, and indeed for worse, in this perplexing Universe. indd Sec15:44 25/07/2007 11:26:24 A RHYMING HISTORY Novum Organum was the start (in the event, the only part) of one great work to make the case for strengthening our knowledge base;1 and here he offers some examples of what you can deduce from samples... For instance, every swan in sight may be a similar shade of white; but even though you never find a colour of a different kind, you cannot, on this basis, state ‘All swans are white’.
Oh yes, and he had to direct the re-planning of London, which he would have based around avenues long, wide and splendid. But this meant that the city must first be laid waste far beyond where the Fire had ended! 1 The first stone of the cathedral was laid on 21 June 1675, and it was finished in 1711, when Wren was 78. indd Sec20:54 25/07/2007 11:26:25 A RHYMING HISTORY There was no chance at all that his plan would succeed, but his masterpiece stands on its hill; and though concrete and glass its dimensions exceed, Wren’s dome uplifts Londoners still.
100 Great Brits: A Rhyming History from Bede to Beckham by JAMES MUIRDEN