Charles I

Charles I

by Jacob Abbott


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It was only about two years after Charles's birth that Queen Elizabeth died, andKing James succeeded to the English throne. A messenger came with all speed toScotland to announce the fact. He rode night and day. He arrived at the king'spalace in the night. He gained admission to the king's chamber, and, kneeling at hisbedside, proclaimed him King of England. James immediately prepared to bid hisScotch subjects farewell, and to proceed to England to take possession of his newrealm. Queen Anne was to follow him in a week or two, and the other children,Henry and Elizabeth; but Charles was too feeble to go.In those early days there was a prevailing belief in Scotland, and, in fact, the opinionstill lingers there, that certain persons among the old Highlanders had what theycalled the gift of the second sight-that is, the power of foreseeing futurity in somemysterious and incomprehensible way. An incident is related in the old histories 6connected with Charles's infancy, which is a good illustration of this. While KingJames was preparing to leave Scotland, to take possession of the English throne, anold Highland laird came to bid him farewell. He gave the king many partingcounsels and good wishes, and then, overlooking the older brother, Prince Henry,he went directly to Charles, who was then about two years old, and bowed beforehim, and kissed his hand with the greatest appearance of regard and veneration.King James undertook to correct his supposed mistake, by telling him that that washis second son, and that the other boy was the heir to the crown. "No," said the oldlaird, "I am not mistaken. I know to whom I am speaking. This child, now in hisnurse's arms, will be greater than his brother. This is the one who is to convey hisfather's name and titles to succeeding generations." This prediction was fulfilled;for the robust and healthy Henry died, and the feeble and sickly-looking Charleslived and grew, and succeeded, in due time, to his father's throne.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781389638800
Publisher: Blurb
Publication date: 02/28/2021
Pages: 146
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.31(d)

About the Author

Jacob Abbott (1803-1879) was a native of the state of Maine who was a professor of mathematics and natural philosophy, a minister, and founder of two schools (the Mount Vernon School for Young Ladies in Boston and the Mount Vernon School for Boys, in New York City).
He wrote more than 180 books and became famous for his easy-to-read style of history storytelling, stripped of the dry dustiness which characterized other texts.

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