Adventures of Peregrine Pickle

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Overview page. Subjects: British History.

(d. 664),

Welsh king. Son of Cadwallon who devastated Northumbria before being killed by King Oswald in 634. Cadwaladr himself suffered a serious defeat by the West Saxons at...

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Charles Reade

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Playwright and novelist, born at Ipsden, in Oxfordshire, the son of a respectable country squire. In 1831 he won a scholarship to Magdalen College, Oxford, beginning a...

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Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Opera.

1 in Shakespeare's Othello, the plain‐spoken wife of Iago;

2 the lady loved by Palamon and Arcite in Chaucer's ‘The Knight's Tale’ (see Emelye), who also...

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George Lyttelton

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a prominent politician, and an opponent of Sir R. Walpole, was also a friend of Pope, Shenstone, and Fielding, and a liberal patron of literature. It is he whom Thomson...

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Tobias Smollett

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attended Glasgow university. In 1741 he sailed as a surgeon's mate for the West Indies on an expedition against the Spaniards and was present at the abortive attack on...

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