Beowulf is one of the oldest stories written in the English language and a classic of Anglo-Saxon literature. Aside from its scholarly interest, however, it is a wonderful hero story with terrific appeal to grammar school aged students. The story of Beowulf is a thrilling folktale with plenty of swagger, danger, and heroism, delightful to any adventure-loving child.
Monthly Archive: September 2012
It is always a temptation to an armed and agile nation,
To call upon a neighbour and to say:
“We invaded you last night—we are quite prepared to fight,
Unless you pay us cash to go away.”
And that is called asking for Dane-geld,
And the people who ask it explain
That you’ve only to pay ’em the Dane-geld
And then you’ll get rid of the Dane!
The Heritage History library contains dozens of books about English History and heroes, but while our complete collection includes over 80 books in its British category, only a few of these can be considered comprehensive histories (also called spines). Since spines are often assigned as required reading, we thought it would be a good idea to introduce these books to those families who are considering a study of English history.
While all of the following books are excellent, Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall is the most well-known. It is recommended by several traditional curriculums and never disappoints. The others, however, are worthy of note, and each is considerably shorter than H. E. Marshall’s landmark work.
When you say every student of Ancient History should read at least two comprehensive histories (sometimes called “spines”) for both Greece and Rome do you mean one after the other or do you mean two different spines over the course of their elementary schooling years, the way the three and four year curriculums suggests? – …
These swashbuckling pirate tales makes for a grand feast of adventure. With chapters such as Masters in Piracy, A Pirate Potentate, and Villainy on a Grand Scale the author recounts the dastardly deeds and desperate feats of dozens of pirates who terrorized the Caribbean Coasts during the age of Piracy. There is no shortage of action in this book; most horrifying exploits are rendered in reasonably good taste, and many of the tales are surprisingly amusing.
Every month Heritage History selects one book from its online collection to give away as a free sample, so that people will see how easy it is use our e-books. Our library contains over 400 books, so it will take a while to go through them all and we’re hoping that some of you history …
The USS Constitution, also known as “Old Ironsides” was one of the first frigates commissioned by the United States Navy. It was launched in 1797 and five years later was the flagship of the United States campaign against the Barbary Pirates in Tripoli. It was commanded by such great naval heroes as Edward Preble, Stephen Decatur, and Isaac Hull, and saw great service in the War of 1812. By 1830 she was considered unfit for service, but due to great public indignation, best expressed by this poem by Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., was reconstructed and returned to commission.