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Our Island Story Part 1 by H. E. Marshall

Cividale scorciodal Pontedeliavolo, photo released into the public domain by its author, Sebi1

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Jacques-Louis David,  Oath of the Horatii 1784

Our Island Story: Introduction

Chapter 1: The Stories of Albion and Brutus

Chapter 2: The Coming of the Romans

Chapter 3: The Romans Come Again

Caligula depositing the ashes of his mother and brother in the tomb of his ancestors

Chapter 4: How Caligula Conquered Britain

Chapter 5: The Story of a Warrior Queen

Chapter 6: The Last of the Romans

Chapter 7: The Story of St. Alban

OIS 1 Merlin reads his prophecies to King Vortigern by Cotton Claudius

Chapter 8: Vortigern and King Constans

Chapter 9: The Coming of Hengist and Horsa

Chapter 10: Hengist’s Treachery

OIS 1 Hengist of Kent by John Speed, 1611

Chapter 11: How the Giant’s Dance was Brought to Britain

Chapter 12: The Coming of Arthur

King Arthur Holy Grail Tapestry, The Arming and Departure of the Knights

Chapter 13: The Founding of the Round Table

Chapter 14: Gregory and the Pretty Children

Chapter 15: How King Alfred Learned to Read

Chapter 16: King Alfred in the Cowherd’s Cottage

Chapter 17: More About Alfred the Great

King Alfred (The Great)

Chapter 18: Ethelred the Unready

Chapter 19: How Edmund Ironside Fought for the Crown

Chapter 20: Canute and the Waves

Chapter 21: Edward the Confessor

Chapter 22: Harold

Chapter 23: The Battle of Stamford Bridge

Battle of Stamford bridge

Chapter 24: The Battle of Hastings

Chapter 25: William the Conqueror

Chapter 26: Death of the King

Chapter 27: William the Red

Chapter 28: The Story of the White Ship

Chapter 29: The Story of King Stephen

Chapter 30: Gilbert and Rohesia

Chapter 31: Thomas a Becket

Earliest known portrayal of Thomas Becket's murder in Canterbury Cathedral

Chapter 32: Conquest of Ireland

Chapter 33: Richard Coer de Lion

Chapter 34: How Blondel found the King

Chapter 35: Prince Arthur

John of England signs Magna Carta from Cassell's history of England

Chapter 36: The Great Charter

Chapter 37: Hubert de Burgh

Chapter 38: Simon de Montfort

Chapter 39: The Story of the Poisoned Dagger

Chapter 40: The Little War of Chalons

Chapter 41: The First Prince of Wales

The Trial of William Wallace at Westminster by Maclise

Chapter 42: The Hammer of the Scots

Chapter 43: Robert the Bruce and Bohun

Chapter 44: The Battle of Bannockburn

Chapter 45: The Battle of Sluys

Battle of Crecy

Chapter 46: The Battle of Crecy

Chapter 47: The Siege of Calais

The Siege of Calais

Chapter 48: The Battle of Poitiers

Chapter 49: Wat Tyler’s Rebellion

Death of Wat Tyler by Froissart

Chapter 50: How King Richard II Lost His Throne

Chapter 51: The Battle of Shrewsbury

Chapter 52: How Prince Hal was Sent to Prison

Chapter 53:  The Battle of Agincourt

Chapter 54: The Maid of Orleans

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Fifty Famous Stories Retold by James Baldwin

Diogenes by John William Waterhouse

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King Alfred (The Great)

Concerning These Stories

King Alfred and the Cakes

King Alfred and the Beggar

King Canute on the Seashore

The Sons of William the Conqueror

The White Ship

King John and the Abbott

Robin Hood and Little John by Louis Rhead, 1912

A Story of Robin Hood

Bruce and the Spider

The Black Douglas

Three Men of Gotham

Other Wise Men of Gotham

The Miller of the Dee

Sir Philip Sidney

Ungrateful Soldier

Sir Humphrey Gilbert

Sir Walter Raleigh

Sir Walter Raleigh


Pocahontas Marriage of Pocahontas

George Washington and His Hatchet

Grace Darling

The Story of William Tell

Arnold Winkelried

The Bell of Atri

Napoleon Bonaparte Crossing the Alps by Delaroche

How Napoleon Crossed the Alps

The Story of Cincinnatus

The Story of Regulus

Cornelia’s Jewels

Androclus and the Lion

Horatius at the Bridge

Divico und Caesar

Julius Caesar

The Sword of Damocles

Damon and Pythias

A Laconic Answer

The Ungrateful Guest

The Taming of Bucephalus

Alexander and Bucephalus

Diogenes the Wise Man

The Brave Three Hundred

Socrates and His House

The King and His Hawk

Doctor Goldsmith

The Kingdoms

The Barmecide Feast

The Endless Tale

The Blind Men and the Elephant

Maximilian and the Goose Boy

The Inchcape Rock

Richard Wittington and his Cat

Whittington and His Cat


Antonio Canova



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Our Island Story Part 2 by H. E. Marshall

Lady Jane Grey Preparing for Execution, painted by George Whiting Flagg in 1835

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Tudor rose.

Summary from Librivox:
Our Island Story was first published in 1905 and became an instant classic. Beginning with the Romans and following the triumphs and foibles of the good, not so good and the downright despicable figures of history; we are treated to a dazzling montage of kings, queens, barons, knights, explorers, movers and shakers that have played a key role in the history of England.

Marshall freely mixes folk tale with historical fact and in so doing paints a very vivid picture of the past in a style reminiscent of all that is finest in the children’s story-telling tradition. This is the second section of that work and will carry you from the convoluted and bloody Wars of the Roses up to the death of Queen Victoria and the resolution of the Boer War.

Please be advised that this book was written in the early years of the 20th century and there will be words and phrases used then, in all innocence, that are considered politically incorrect in this age. It’s perfectly fine for children to listen to but please ensure there is someone on hand who can explain these terms in a mature fashion.(Summary by Jim, for

Wars of the Roses

55 The red rose and the white

56  Queen Margaret and the Robbers

57 The King Maker

58 Edward V – The King Who was Never Crowned

Edward V by Wenceslas Hollar

59 The Two Little Princes in the Tower

60 Henry VII – Story of the Make-Believe Prince

61 Another Make-Believe Prince

62 Henry VIII and The Field of the Cloth of Gold


63 How the King Became the Defender of the Faith

64 Henry VIII: The Story of the King’s Six Wives

65 The Story of a Boy King

66 The Story of Lady Jane Grey

Hatfield House, where Queen Elizabeth held her first council of state, photo by Allan Engelhardt CCAS2 license

67 How the Princess Elizabeth Became a Prisoner

68 Mary I – How a Candle Was Lit in England

69 How the Imprisoned Princess Became a Queen

Elizabeth 1 England

70 Elizabeth – The Story of a Most Unhappy Queen

71 How England was saved from the Spaniards

72 Elizabeth–The story of Sir Walter Raleigh

73 The Queen’s Favorite

74 The Story of Guy Fawkes

Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor by William Halsall, 1882

75 The Story of the Mayflower

76 How a Woman Struck a Blow for Freedom

77 How the King and the Parliament Quarrelled

78 The Story of How the King was Brought to His Death

Oliver Cromwell Imprisoning King Charles I

79 The Adventures of a Prince

80 The Commonwealth – The Lord Protector

81 How Death Walked in the Streets of London

82 The Story of How London was Burned

OIS2 Makasiinit_tulessa by Petteri Sulonen Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 license

83 The Fiery Cross

84 The Story of King Monmouth

85 The Story of the Seven Bishops

86 William the Deliverer

87 The Story of Brave Londonderry

88 The Story of a Sad Day in a Highland Glen

british flag

89 How the Union Jack was Made

90 The Story of the Earl of Mar’s Hunting Party

91 The Story of Bonnie Prince Charlie

Bonnie Prince Charlie

92 The Story of Flora MacDonald

93 The Story of The Black Hole of Calcutta

94 The Story of How Canada Was Won

The Delaware Regiment at the Battle of Long Island

95 How America Was Lost

96 A Story of a Spinning Wheel

97 England Expects that Every Man will do his Duty

98 George III – The Battle of Waterloo

Battle of Waterloo by Robinson, circa 1820

99 The First Gentleman in Europe

100 Two Peaceful Victories

101 The Girl Queen

102 Victoria – When Bread was Dear

103 Victoria – Peace

Queen Victoria by Melville

104 Victoria – War

105 The Land of Snow

106 Victoria – The Siege of Delhi

Secundra Bagh after the Indian Mutiny

107 The Pipes at Lucknow

108 Victoria – Under the Southern Cross

109 From Cannibal to Christian

110 Victoria – Boer and Briton

111 List of Kings from Edward the Confessor

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The Story of the Middle Ages by Samuel Harding

Charlemagne et Louis le Pieux

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Ancient German Family


Chapter 1, The Ancient Germans

Chapter 2, Breaking the Frontier

Chapter 3, The Wanderings of the West-Goths

Chapter 4, End of the Western Empire

St. Kevin's Church, image released to public domain by copyright holder Warrenfisch

Chapter 5, Growth of the Christian Church

chapter 6, Rise of the Franks

chapter 7, Franks and Mohammedans

chapter 8, Charlemagne

chapter 9, Growth of Feudalism

chapter 10,The Deeds of the Northmen

Baldin of Boulogne entering Edessa

Chapter 11, The First Crusade

chapter 12, Later Crusades

Somosko Hungary, image by Uzo 19, licensed under GNU Free Documentation license

chapter 13, Life of the Castle

chapter 14, Life of the Village and Town

chapter 15, Life of the Monastery

chapter 16, Papacy and Town

Battle of Crecy Hundred Years War

chapter 17, The Hundred Years’ War

chapter 18, End of the Middle Ages

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