The Public Life of Queen Victoria

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Published: 1869
Language: English
Wordcount: 58,814 / 183 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 47.1
LoC Category: DA
Downloads: 3,414
Added to site: 2013.06.28
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Genre: History
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wonderingly and admiringly, how he dared to attack so formidable a foe, he replied to his fair and grateful querist, "Madam, I drilled him soundly with my poking-pole." From that day he was known by no other name than the Driller--der Triller. Kunz was consigned to the block, while the Driller, and deliverer, was offered any reward he chose to name. This true man--a mediæval "Miller of the Dee"--asked no other recompense than "only liberty to cut, of scrags and waste wood, what will suffice for my charring purposes." This was at once granted, along with the freehold of a snug farm, and an annual and ample allowance of corn from the barns of the Electors. All was secured to him and his posterity by formal deed, and his descendants to this day enjoy the privileges so valiantly earned by their ancestor four centuries ago. From the two princes so rescued, descended respectively the Ernestine and the Albertine branches of the Saxon house. The Queen is--as her husband was--twelfth in descent

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