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Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 1

A series of pen and pencil sketches of the lives of more than 200 of the most prominent personages in History

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Author: Various Authors
Published: 1894
Language: English
Wordcount: 108,216 / 322 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 63.7
LoC Category: CT
Downloads: 1,400
Added to site: 2008.08.27
mnybks.net#: 21885
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: History
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r sentiments under the cloak of policy, yet the king tolerated their adherence to their ritual and yielded only in part to the persistence of the Jew-baiters, who saw with angry eyes the promotion of the hated captives to places of power and authority over the heads of their captors. In spite of his enemies Daniel was allowed to exercise his own religion in peace; and the persecutors of his companions, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, were themselves destroyed in the furnace they had heated for their innocent victims, which the youths themselves were rescued from by the personal interposition of the king, who pretended to see--or in his religious exaltation did really see--the god himself standing guard over the victims in the midst of the flames.

Of Nebuchadnezzar after the recovery of his reason we learn but little. The chronicle of Daniel passes abruptly from Nebuchadnezzar to Belshazzar, and the great king is not mentioned again. History, too, is silent. It tells us only that he left the throne to

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4 from 1 reviews: ****
2012.07.17
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****.

This book is volume 1 of 8 about famous people. The printed edition has 322 pages and many pictures in it. It is possible to find an e-book version with the pictures on the web. The version with the pictures takes up a lot of the memory-space on your Kindle (over 3 MB), the versions without pictures need less than 500 KB. On average each life history is app. 10 pages in the printed version.

I enjoyed reading this book: it told me a bit more than I knew about some of the very famous people whose stories are told here, but it also told the stories of some people I knew nothing about. This book is an easy and nice read; it is interesting for people who are interested in history, or also for people who are not really interested in history but like to read short stories about real people.

This volume tells the life histories of:

ALARIC THE BOLD, ALEXANDER THE GREAT, MARC ANTONY, ATTILA, BELISARIUS, GODFREY DE BOUILLON, JULIUS CĂSAR, CHARLEMAGNE, CLOVIS THE FIRST, GASPARD DE COLIGNI, HERNANDO CORTES, CYRUS THE GREAT, DIOCLETIAN, SIR FRANCIS DRAKE, EDWARD I. OF ENGLAND, EDWARD III. OF ENGLAND, EDWARD, THE BLACK PRINCE, BERTRAND DU GUESCLIN, GUSTAVUS ADOLPHUS, HANNIBAL, HENRY IV. OF FRANCE, HENRY V. OF ENGLAND, HERMANN, JOHN HUNIADES, CAIUS MARIUS, CHARLES MARTEL, NEBUCHADNEZZAR, PEPIN THE SHORT, FRANCISCO PIZARRO, SIR WALTER RALEIGH, SALADIN, SCIPIO AFRICANUS MAJOR, MILES STANDISH, TRAJAN, OLAF TRYGGVESON, ALBRECHT VON WALLENSTEIN, WARWICK, THE KING-MAKER, WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR.


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